Copenhagen Programming Language Seminar
Recent research suggests that the goal of fully automatic and reliable
program generation for a broad range of applications his coming nearer to
feasibility. However, several interesting and challenging problems remain
to be solved before it becomes a reality. Solving them is also necessary
if we hope ever to elevate software engineering from its current state (a
highly-developed handiwork) into a successful branch of engineering, capable
of solving a wide range of new problems by systematic, well-automated and
We first discuss the relations between problem specifications and
their solutions in program form, and then narrow the discussion to an important
special case: program transformation. Although the goal of fully automatic
program generation is still far from fully achieved, there has been some
success in a special case: partial evaluation, also known as program specialization.
A key problem in all program generation is termination of the generation
process. This talk describes recent progress towards automatically solving
the termination problem, first for individual programs, and then for specializers
and generating extensions', the program generators that most offline partial
evaluators produce. The talk ends with a list of challenging problems whose
solution would bring the community closer to the goal of broad-spectrum,
fully automatic and reliable program generation.
Andrzej Filinski. Administrative host: Camilla Jørgensen. All are welcome.
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