The SPLASH 2018 Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop is aimed at advanced undergraduates and first year graduate students. The workshop aims to attract students to research careers in programming languages and software engineering, to de-mystify the graduate school experience, and to offer first-hand perspectives on graduate study from recent Ph.D. graduates, young scholars, and senior researchers. Applicants from groups underrepresented in computing are especially welcome.
The workshop program will focus on important skills for beginning researchers and will offer mentoring opportunities with senior researchers attending the conference. Guy Steele will be the workshop keynote speaker; additional confirmed speakers include: Marsha Chechik, Kathleen Fisher, Kathi Fisler, Shriram Krishnamruthi, Mayur Naik, Julia Rubin, and Frank Tip plus a panel of newly graduated Ph.D.s in PL/SE. Panelists will include Michael Carbin, Shiyi Wei, Sarah Nadi and Ben Lerner. Topics to be discussed include:
- How to network effectively at a conference? How to find your cohort? How to find a mentor and what to look for?
- What communication skills are essential for a research career? To give a good presentation? A good poster session talk? To write an outstanding paper?
- How do people pick their research area of interest or your advisor/mentor?
- What are the new, emerging areas in PL/SE?
- What are the differences between a research career in industry and in academia?
- What are the important work/life issues researchers deal with?
- How did PL/SE researchers successfully navigate their training experiences?
Travel support for PLMW is made possible by generous contributions from the National Science Foundation from ACM SIGPLAN and from Google.
To ensure that students can benefit from the entire, full-day program, this workshop is not open, (i.e., you can not decide on your own to attend). All students who are interested in attending must apply to do so — and will also be eligible to receive travel support to attend the workshop. We will support students’ travel to the workshop and to SPLASH (from Tuesday-Friday) including airfare, hotel, and conference registration.
Mon 5 Nov
08:45 - 10:00
|Explicit Direct Instruction in Programming EducationKEYNOTE
Tue 6 Nov
08:45 - 10:00
|Welcome and Introduction
Barbara Ryder Virginia TechFile Attached
|50 Years of Programming and Language DesignKEYNOTE
Guy L. Steele Jr. Oracle LabsFile Attached
10:30 - 12:00
|The story of Arjun Guha, or: the arc of a research project
Shriram Krishnamurthi Brown University, USA
|From academia to industry and back again
Julia Rubin University of British ColumbiaFile Attached
Kathleen Fisher Tufts University, USAFile Attached
13:00 - 14:00
|Panel: Industrial and Academic Research
14:00 - 15:30
|Navigating the process of doing a rewarding Ph.D.
Mayur Naik University of Pennsylvania
|Interaction: the Key to Joining a Research Community
Kathi Fisler Brown UniversityFile Attached
|Advice on your advisor
Marsha Chechik University of TorontoFile Attached
16:00 - 21:00
|How to Select Good Research Topics?
Frank Tip Northeastern UniversityFile Attached
|Panel of Recent Ph.Ds
|Discussion and Concluding Remarks
|End-of-Workshop Dinner at The Brahmin American (All PLMW attendees, speakers, panelists and mentors are invited)
Wed 7 Nov
Thu 8 Nov
08:30 - 10:00
|Beauty is the Promise of HappinessKEYNOTE
Jenny Quillien Embodied Making Institute
Fri 9 Nov
08:30 - 10:00
Barbara Liskov MIT
14:45 - 15:45
|Reasoning about Security of Amazon Web ServicesKEYNOTE
Byron Cook Amazon