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My research interests are generally related to computer programming: program construction, program analysis, library design, programming language design, and compiler construction. The goal of my research is to help developers build better software by making complex tasks simpler (but not less efficient).

C++ Concepts

One my primary projects is a major language extension for C++: concepts. I am the editor the ISO Technical Specification: C++ Extensions for Concepts, which is based on work that I began as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Texas A&M, and continued to work on here in Akron. I'm currently working on a series of articles describing how to use these new features. They are published in ACCU Overload.

Software-defined Networking

My other large project is programming for Software-Defined Networking (SDN). This is a collaboration with and researchers at Texas A&M University. This work is supported by NSF award XXX, and by a gift from Huawei.

This work has two major components:

  • Steve: A programming language for the development of safe and efficient dataplane pipelines
  • Freeflow: A concurrent networking runtime environment that executes Steve applications

Other projects

Unfortunately, don't have time to actively develop or maintain all of these projects.

Current students

  • MS: Michael Gruesen
  • MS: Hoang Nguyen
  • Honors BS: Andrew Scott
If you are interested in working on language, compiler, or library-design projects (especially in C++), feel free to get in touch. Sadly, I don't always have funding to support graduate students.

Former students