Jens Palsberg: Computer Science

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The Java Tree Builder
, a frontend for The Java Compiler Compiler

Ph.D. Students

Mahdi Eslamimehr Oren Freiberg Shu-Yu Guo Riyaz Haque Stephen Kou Mohsen Lesani

Former Students
  • Tian Zhao, Ph.D, 2002, now an associate professor at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Dennis Brylow, Ph.D, 2003, now an associate professor at Marquette University, Milwaukee
  • Mayur Naik, M.S., 2003, now an assistant professor at Georgia Tech, Ma, Di, Ph.D., 2004, now at Synopsys
  • Krishna Nandivada, Ph.D., 2005, now a researcher at IBM India Research Laboratory, Bangalore
  • Christian Grothoff, Ph.D., 2006, now a researcher at Technical University Munich, Germany
  • Benjamin Titzer, Ph.D., 2007, now a researcher at Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Menlo Park, California
  • Fernando Pereira, Ph.D., 2008, now a professor at Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil.
  • Jonathan K. Lee, Ph.D., 2010, now at Google.

Courses at UCLA (Purdue)


Compilers, embedded systems, programming languages

Projects (former)


EMSOFT 2005 tutorial on Programming Sensor Networks by Mani B. Srivastava and Jens Palsberg

Activities (former)

Member of the  SIGPLAN CACM Nomination Committee


  • TOPLAS - Editor-in-Chief - ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and System
  • I&C -Edit. Board - Information and Computation

Conferences 2013

  •  ECOOP'13 - PC Member -  European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming
  •  ESOP'13 - PC Member - European Symposium on Programming (Rome, Italy)

Conferences 2012 (1994-2011)

  • ECOOP'12 - PC Member - European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (Beijing, China)
  • X10'12 - PC Chair - ACM SIGPLAN X10 Workshop (Beijing)
  • GPCE'12 - PC Member - International Conference on Generative Programming and Component Engineering (Dresden, Germany)
  • ICESS'12 - General Co-chair - IEEE International Conference on Embedded Software and Systems (Liverpool, UK)
  • FTFJP'12 - PC Member - Formal Techniques for Java-like Programs (Beijing, China)


  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 1998.
  • Purdue University Faculty Scholar, 1999-2004, in recognition of outstanding academic distinction.
  • One of the Ten Best Teachers of Undergraduates in the School of Science, Purdue University, 2001.
  • Okawa Foundation Research Award, 2003.
  • IBM Faculty Award, 2005.
  • ACM Distinguished Speaker, 2006-present.
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Jens Palsberg speaks about compiler and static analysis work using X10.
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