The Midwest Programming Languages Summit is meeting on December 1st, 2017 at Indiana University.

The Midwest PL Summit is an informal workshop to foster the exchange of ideas and to promote collaboration among faculty and students in the Greater Midwest area. Anyone interested in programming languages and compilers — including applications to areas such as systems, software engineering, and human-computer interaction — is welcome to attend. Our aim is to have a broad selection of talks and posters about ongoing research and any other topics that may be of interest to the PL community. There will be no formal proceedings, but abstracts and slides will be distributed on the web after the workshop.



The IU PL Faculty: Dan Friedman, Ryan Newton, Amr Sabry, Chung-chieh Shan, Jeremy Siek, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt



Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Georgian Room

Hotel Recommendations

  1. Biddle Hotel at the IMU
    • same location as the meeting
    • complimentary on-campus parking for IMU Biddle Hotel Guests
  2. Hyatt Place Bloomington
    • 15 minute walk to IMU
  3. Hilton Garden Inn
    • 15 minute walk to IMU
  4. Marriott Spring Hill Suites
    • 17 minute walk to IMU
  5. Grant Street Inn
    • Bed and Breakfast
    • 10 minute walk to IMU

Parking information

Parking passes for the IU Parking Garages and IMU parking lot are available from Andre Kuhlenschmidt, ( on December 1st. Please notify him in advance if you think that you will need one. Here are the campus parking options.


  • 8:00-9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:10am Introductory Remarks
  • 9:10-10:35am Session 1: Parallel and Distributed Computing
    • Gowtham Kaki, Purdue. Alone Together: Compositional Reasoning and Inference for Weakly-Isolated Transactions [25 minutes]
    • Umang Mathur, UIUC. Dynamic Race Prediction in Linear Time [25 minutes]
    • Guannan Wei, Purdue. Precise Reasoning with Structured Heaps and Collective Operations à la map/reduce [5 minutes]
    • Sweta Yamini, UIUC. Pothukuchi. Code Generation of Array Constructs for Distributed Memory Systems [25 minutes]
    • Gregory Essertel, Purdue. Scale up Apache Spark with Native Compilation and set your Data on Fire! [5 minutes]
  • 10:35-10:50am Coffee Break
  • 10:50am-12:15pm Session 2: From Applications to Theory
    • Wei Yang, UIUC. Generating Adversarial Examples with Program Transformations: Practical Attacks to Machine Learner [25 minutes]
    • Ritwika Ghosh, UIUC. Koord: A framework for implementation and verification of CPS applications [5 minutes]
    • Sukarno Banerjee, Michigan. Iodine: Fast Dynamic Taint Check Using Rollback-free Optimistic Hybrid Analysis [25 minutes]
    • Hamidreza Bahramian, IU. Identity types as an alternative to subtyping [5 minutes]
    • Richard Blair, Denis Firsov, and Aaron Stump. Iowa. A “Bestiary” of Lambda Encodings [25 minutes]
  • 12:15-2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00-3:00pm Session 3: Domain Specific Languages
    • Tiark Rompf, Purdue. Collapsing Towers of Interpreters [25 minutes]
    • Thiago Teixeira, UIUC. A DSL for Performance Orchestration [5 minutes]
    • Charisee Chiw, Chicago. Developing a DSL to visualize finite element data [25 minutes]
    • Ruby Tahboub, Purdue. How to Architect a Query Compiler, Revisited [5 minutes]
  • 3:00-4:30pm Coffee Break and Poster Session
  • 4:30-5:55pm Session 4: Lively Types and Semantics (Located in the Dogwood Conference Room)
    • Cyrus Omar, Chicago. Live Functional Programming with Typed Holes [25 minutes]
    • Brian Hempel, Chicago. Direct Manipulation SVG Program Synthesis [5 minutes]
    • Ryan Scott, IU. Livin’ la `via` loca: Coercing Types with Class [25 minutes]
    • Charles Chamberlain, Chicago. Structural types and how to infer them [5 minutes]
    • Jeremy Siek, IU. Back to the Future with Denotational Semantics [25 minutes]
  • 6pm-? Dinner (Reservations for 6:30pm at Esan Thai)


Attendees will be provided with complimentary breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks, but dinner will be a pay-for-yourself affair. Dinner reservations are for 6:30pm at Esan Thai, which is located 4 blocks from the west side of campus.