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POPL 2019
Sun 13 - Sat 19 January 2019 Cascais, Portugal

What is PLMW?

The Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop (PLMW) aims to encourage graduate students and senior undergraduate students to pursue careers in programming language research. The workshop brings together world leaders in programming languages research and teaching from academia and industry to provide (a) technical sessions on cutting­ edge PL research and (b) mentoring sessions on how to prepare for a research career. The workshop aims to engage students in a process of imagining how they might contribute to our research community. We especially encourage women and under-represented minority students and students with disabilities to attend PLMW.

PLMW 2019

After the resounding success of prior Programming Languages Mentoring Workshops at POPL 2012 - 2018, the 8th SIGPLAN Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop will be co­-located with POPL 2019 . PLMW will be held immediately before POPL on Tuesday, January 15. PLMW 2019 is open for registration to all students interested in programming languages research (funded or not).

Attending and social activities

Accommodation for all funded students will be provided for the full duration of PLMW and POPL. On the evening of the 15th, after the last PLMW session, organizers, speakers, and panelists plan to form groups with students and have dinner together in nearby restaurants, where the PLMW discussions can continue in a more casual setting.

Students are encouraged to apply for participation in both PLMW and the POPL Student Volunteers program at the same time.


The PLMW Program is still under construction, but we’re pleased to confirm the following speakers:

  • Frank Pfenning
  • Sharon Shoham
  • Michael Hicks
  • Catuscia Palamidessi
  • Chung-chieh Shan
  • Ilya Sergey


  • A generous Anonymous Donor
  • National Science Foundation
  • Google
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Tue 15 Jan
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11:00 - 12:30: PLMW Session 2PLMW at Sala II
11:00 - 11:30
Research Skills: How to Choose Research Areas
Pre-print File Attached
11:30 - 12:30
Panel: Grad School and Beyond
Dominic OrchardUniversity of Kent, UK, Jorge A. PérezUniversity of Groningen, The Netherlands, Azalea RaadMPI-SWS, Germany, Max NewNortheastern University, Stephanie BalzerCarnegie Mellon University, USA
14:00 - 15:30: PLMW Session 3PLMW at Sala II
14:00 - 14:45
Technical Talk: How to Think about Types
Frank PfenningCarnegie Mellon University, USA
Pre-print File Attached
14:45 - 15:30
Technical Talk: What Is Programming Languages Research?
Michael HicksUniversity of Maryland, College Park
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16:00 - 17:30: PLMW Session 4PLMW at Sala II
16:00 - 16:30
Research Skills: How to Bootstrap a Research Project
Ilya SergeyYale-NUS College and National University of Singapore
Pre-print File Attached
16:30 - 17:30
Panel: How to Do Good PL Research
Vasco VasconcelosLASIGE, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Deepak GargMax Planck Institute for Software Systems, Philippa GardnerImperial College London, Atsushi IgarashiKyoto University, Japan, Neel KrishnaswamiComputer Laboratory, University of Cambridge