Laurie Hendren

Registered user since Wed 20 Aug 2014

Name: Laurie Hendren

Bio: I am a Professor of Computer Science at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. I hold the Canada Research Chair in Compiler Tools and Techniques and am a Fellow of the ACM and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Historically my main area of research area has been the development of compilers for object-oriented and aspect-oriented programming languages. I also have a long-standing interest in pointer analysis and program analysis frameworks.

My most recent research focus is on how to bring our compiler expertise to the world of scientists and engineers, and in particular how to support effective and efficient programming in the dynamic programming language MATLAB. To kick-start research in this area we are building a toolkit, McLAB (, to support language extensions, compiler optimizations and transformations, virtual machines and JITs, and program understanding/refactoring tools for MATLAB and extensions of MATLAB.

An important facet of my work is that new research ideas should be developed along with software infrastructures to test those ideas. This has led to the development of many publicly available software frameworks, more details can be found on the group’s web site at . Our research group hopes that other groups will use their software, and will contribute new pieces back them so that all compiler groups can benefit from the work.

Country: Canada

Affiliation: McGill University, Canada

Personal website:

Research interests: Compilers, Languages, Virtual Machines, MATLAB, JavaScript, Dynamic Languages


DLS 2018Author of Numerical Computing on the Web: Benchmarking for the Future within the DLS 2018-track
Author of HorseIR: Bringing Array Programming Languages Together with Database Query Processing within the DLS 2018-track
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Author of Developing Opal, an App for Cancer Patients, as a Computer Scientist and Cancer Patient within the SPLASH-I-track
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