UO CIS students Luke Maurer and Paul Downen, their PhD advisor Professor Zena Ariola, and their co-author Simon Peyton Jones of Microsoft Research Cambridge, a leading researcher in functional programming, won a Distinguished Paper Award at the ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Languages Design and Implementation (PLDI) for their paper “Compiling Without Continuations.” PLDI is the premier venue for presenting new results in program translation techniques. Their paper introduces a new intermediate representation which enables powerful optimizations for functional programming languages. The approach has already been incorporated in the compiler for the Haskell language.
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