News

  1. [Jun 2017] Sketch-n-Sketch in Programming by Examples article (ACM Queue and CACM).
  2. [Mar 2017] Received NSF CAREER Award to pursue Direct Manipulation Programming!

  3. [Dec 2016] Nearly 100 students and researchers attended the Midwest PL Summit.
  4. [Sep 2016] Sketch-n-Sketch demo at Strange Loop.

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Currently Teaching

None (Summer 2017)

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Research

I enjoy developing and deploying programming language technology — type systems, synthesis algorithms, and other program analysis techniques — for applications in software engineering and human-computer interaction. Currently, the overarching theme of my research is to develop Direct Manipulation Programming Systems.


active projects

 
[Sketch-n-Sketch] Graphical user interfaces are great, but the lack of programmability in a high-level language makes it difficult to develop complex and reusable content. Sketch-n-Sketch is a direct manipulation programming system for scalable vector graphics (SVG) that aims for a seamless combination of programming and direct manipulation.
 
[Deuce] Text editors are great, but coding involves tedious, error-prone edits that hinder productivity and creativity. Deuce is a structure-aware code editor that provides direct manipulation interactions for quickly and correctly performing several common programming and refactoring tasks.

older projects

 
[Dependent JavaScript @ UCSD] Scripting languages include features that frustrate static reasoning, such as extensible objects, dynamically computed keys, loosely coupled recursion, reflection, and dynamic code loading. This project aims to develop type systems to describe idiomatic programs in scripting languages such as JavaScript, Python, and Ruby.
 
[Radar @ UCSD] Defining a dataflow analysis for concurrent programs is complicated by the subtleties of thread interleavings and locking protocols. Radar automatically converts a sequential dataflow analysis to a concurrent one by making use of datarace information from the Relay race detector for C programs.
 
[Staged Information Flow @ UCSD] The prevalence of dynamically loaded code makes program analysis for JavaScript difficult. We present a staged approach to tracking information flow that splits the analysis burden between compile-time and run-time.
 
[Fine @ Microsoft Research] Modern SMT solvers allow refinement type systems to track security and other complex properties, but they become a large part of the compiler's trusted computing base (TCB). Fine incorporates a type-preserving translation to eliminate the solver from the TCB. Fine is a precursor to MSR's F* language.

Students

Mikaël Mayer (Postdoc, starting Fall 2017)
Cyrus Omar (Postdoc, starting Fall 2017)
Brian Hempel (PhD student)
Justin Lubin (College student)
Eri Rogers (College student)
Bowen Wang (College student)

undergraduate alumni
Jacob Albers
Grace Lu Deuce: Direct Manipulation Source Program Editor (BS 2017)
Izaak Meckler Mote: Goal-Driven Development and Synthesis for Haskell (BS 2015)
Amy Sitwala
Mitchell Spradlin
John Zhao

Professional Activities

2018: ICFP SRC (Chair)
2017: PLDI PC, LIVE PC
2016: POPL SRC, PLDI ERC, ECOOP PC, TFP PC, Midwest PL Summit (Co-organizer)
2015: POPL PC, PLDI SRC, STOP PC, OOPSLA ERC
2014: PLDI ERC, PLDI AEC, OOPSLA PC
2013: FOOL PC

Elm Software Foundation, Board of Directors