Optimizing the unoptimizable
Leszek Swirski, Google
Tuesday 26th, 2PM
Before joining Google, Leszek did a PhD in the University of Cambridge, researching gaze estimation (a.k.a. eye tracking) on stereoscopic (a.k.a. “3D”) displays.
How to Write a Great Research Paper
Simon Peyton Jones, Microsoft Research
Wednesday 27th, 2PM
Writing papers is a core research skill. Writing is not just a way to report on great research; it’s a way to do great research. Yet many papers are so badly written that, even if they describe excellent work, the work has much less impact than it should. In this talk I’ll give you seven simple, actionable guidelines that will, I hope, help you to write better papers, and have more fun at the same time.
Simon Peyton Jones, FRS, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. After two years in industry, he spent seven years as a lecturer at University College London, and nine years as a professor at Glasgow University, before moving to Microsoft Research (Cambridge) in 1998.
Simon’s main research interest is in functional programming languages, their implementation, and their application. He was a key contributor to the design of the now-standard functional language Haskell, and is the lead designer of the widely-used Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He has written two textbooks about the implementation of functional languages. He is particularly motivated by direct application of principled theory to practical language design and implementation — that is one reason he loves functional programming so much.
Simon is chair of Computing at School, the grass-roots organisation that was at the epicentre of the 2014 reform of the English computing curriculum.