Here is the latest Caml Weekly News, for the week of March 21 to 28, 2006.
Archive: http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.caml.general/32547Peter Sewell announced:
We'd be grateful if you could draw this to the attention of any suitable candidates - OCaml implementation expertise would be especially welcome. Thanks, Peter RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/RESEARCH ASSISTANT (THREE POSTS) Foundations of Distributed Computation Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/pes20/advert2.html Ref No: NR60 Grade: NRAS Salary: £20,044 - £30,002 pa. Grade: RAST Salary: £20,044 - £22,289 pa Limit of tenure: Up to two years for two Research Associate positions; one year for one Research Assistant position. Three Research Assistant/Research Associate positions are available in the foundations of distributed computation, funded by EPSRC grants EP/C510712 (Sewell, Gibbens, Norrish) and GR/T11715 (Sewell, Pitts). The work spans several areas: * Design, semantics and implementation of programming language constructs for distribution - covering type-safe communication, naming, version change, module systems, and dynamic linking. * Formal specification, automated testing and proof about real-world network protocols. * Tool support for mechanisation of large semantic definitions. * Reasoning about executable distributed programs. It builds on previous work on the experimental Acute programming language, on the NetSem semantics of real-world network protocols, and on the concerns of the POPLmark challenge problem in semantic mechanisation. Details of all these can be found at http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/pes20/index.html#PAPERS. For the two-year positions you should have a PhD in Computer Science, with a strong background in one or more of the following: * Programming Language Semantics * Programming Language Implementation (especially with respect to OCaml) * Automated proof assistants (especially one or more of HOL, Isabelle, Coq, and Twelf). * Network Protocols * Distributed Systems The one-year appointment may be either at the postdoctoral level (Research Associate) as above, or at a post-graduate level (Research Assistant). For the latter you should have a good first-class degree in Computer Science. For a suitably experienced candidate it may be possible to upgrade to a Senior Research Associate appointment. Enquiries about the project should be addressed to Dr Peter Sewell, http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/pes20/. To apply please send as soon as possible a letter of application including a brief statement of the particular contribution you would make to the project, a CV, a completed PD18 form (http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/forms/pd18/) and the names and contact details (postal and email addresses) of 2 referees to Kate Ellis University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory 15 JJ Thomson Avenue Cambridge CB3 0FD United Kingdom or by e-mail (with documents in PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: 20 April 2006.
Archive: http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.caml.general/32615Richard Jones announced:
NEW RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AT CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY Two Masters by Research Studentships in Computational Intelligence for Next Generation Web Design Industrial Collaborator: Merjis – Web Marketing Technology and Services Duration: 12 Months Start Date: As Soon As Possible Cranfield University is now advertising for TWO FULLY FUNDED MASTERS BY RESEARCH STUDENTSHIPS in ‘Computational Intelligence for Next Generation Web Design’. Cranfield University is a leading centre in the application of Soft Computing for engineering decisions. Soft Computing is a paradigm that offers a consortium of techniques for handling real-life complexities such as imprecision and uncertainty. Leveraging on Cranfield’s expertise in these areas, this project will expand the boundary of Soft Computing research to the domain of Web Design. The focus of the two inter-linked Masters by Research projects will be as follows: (i) Intelligent Keyword Discovery: This project will analyse known keywords and web server log files to find combinations of keywords to bring in more customers. Computational intelligence techniques such as Genetic Programming will be applied to yield fast results. This project will explore natural language research (synonyms and conceptual meanings) to increase the range of keywords represented faster than web server log trawls. (ii) Automated Evolution of Text Adverts: The aim of this project is to apply classical engineering design support tools to develop more successful adverts. This will be achieved by ‘intelligently’ combining a catalogue of product related phrases and applying the learnings. This project will explore a number of research avenues, such as graphical advert evolution and the learnings required to differentiate adverts for different networks and sites. These studentships are available to UK and EU students only. Applicants should have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or its equivalent) in Computer Science / IT or Engineering disciplines. Interested Graduate students with Computer Science / IT or Engineering background are invited to submit their detailed CV and application form. Stipend between £9,000 to £15,000 per year (tax free) is available to suitably qualified UK and EU students only. In addition, tuition fees will be paid by the project. Application form is available at: http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/prospectus/app/pgappform.pdf Please send your detailed CV and application form to: Dr Ashutosh Tiwari / Prof Peter Sackett Enterprise Integration, School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL, UK Email: email@example.com Tel: +44 (0) 1234 754250, Fax: +44 (0) 1234 750852 APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Archive: http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.caml.general/32628Francois Pottier announced:
********************************************************************* * The 2006 ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on ML * * * * September 16, 2006 * * * * Colocated with the 11th ACM SIGPLAN * * International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP 2006), * * Portland, Oregon. * * * * Call for Papers * * * * http://gallium.inria.fr/ml2006/ * ********************************************************************* Important dates * Submission deadline: Saturday 3rd June 2006. * Notification of acceptance: Saturday 8th July 2006. * Final paper due: Saturday 29th July 2006. Scope The ML family of programming languages, whose most popular variants are SML and OCaml, has inspired a tremendous amount of computer science research, both practical and theoretical, and ML continues to underpin a variety of applications, ranging from compilers and theorem provers to low-level system software. This workshop aims to provide a forum for discussion and research on existing and future ML and ML-like languages. We seek papers on any ML-related topic, including (but not limited to): * applications. * extensions: objects, classes, concurrency, distribution and mobility, semi-structured data handling, etc. * type systems: inference, modules, specification, error reporting, etc. * implementation: compilers, interpreters, partial evaluators, garbage collectors, etc. * environments: libraries, tools, editors, debuggers, cross-language interoperability, etc. * semantics. Both experimental and theoretical papers are welcome. Each paper should explain its contributions in both general and technical terms, clearly identifying what has been accomplished, explaining why it is significant, and comparing it with previous work. In order to encourage lively discussion, submitted papers may describe work in progress. Papers must be submitted in either PDF format or as PostScript documents that are interpretable by Ghostscript. They must be printable on US Letter sized paper. Papers should be formatted using the ACM SIGPLAN style guidelines available at http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigplan/authorInformation.htm The length should be no more than 12 pages. Proceedings will be published by ACM Press and will appear in the ACM Digital Library. Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign the ACM copyright form. General Chairs and Program Chairs Andrew Kennedy Microsoft Research Ltd, 7 JJ Thomson Ave, Cambridge CB3 0FB, UK firstname.lastname@example.org François Pottier INRIA Rocquencourt BP 105 78153 Le Chesnay Cedex FRANCE email@example.com Programme Committee Derek Dreyer (Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago) Matthew Fluet (Cornell University) John Harrison (Intel Corporation) Haruo Hosoya (University of Tokyo) Andrew Kennedy (Microsoft Research Cambridge, co-chair) Eugenio Moggi (Università di Genova) Michael Norrish (National ICT Australia) François Pottier (INRIA Rocquencourt, co-chair) Ian Stark (University of Edinburgh) Alley Stoughton (Kansas State University) Jérôme Vouillon (CNRS and Université Paris 7) Stephanie Weirich (University of Pennsylvania)
Archive: http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.caml.general/32626Markus Mottl asked and Xavier Leroy answered:
> I'd like to know whether the current CVS-release of OCaml with tag > release309, which contains two recent bug fixes that are important to us > (I/O and signals related), is considered safe by INRIA for production > use. The patches for the two bug fixes seem correct to me, but there > are a couple of other changes (e.g. in code generation, etc.) about > which I don't know much about. Are these other patches still going to > see more testing before official release? We got no negative feedback about the recent changes in the 3.09 branch. We will do some more testing before the 3.09.2 release, which will probably take place in April. But I'm reasonably confident that the current CVS 3.09 branch is usable.
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