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Mads Tofte
Mads Tofte
(born 20 April 1959) is a Danish computer scientist who has contributed in particular to functional programming and the Standard ML programming language.


1 Education 2 Research and career 3 Awards 4 References 5 External links

Education[edit] Tofte was born in Lyngby, Denmark
and grew up in Holbæk, Denmark. He studied computer science and mathematics at the University of Copenhagen where he obtained an MSc
degree (with supervisor Neil D. Jones) in 1984; then at University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh
where he obtained a PhD
degree in 1988 (advised by Robin Milner). He is doctor honoris causa 2007 from Kingston University. Research and career[edit] In his 1984 MSc
thesis[1] and prior work he investigated and formalized the CERES compiler generator (with Neil D. Jones), and showed that (1) a compiler generator is itself a compiler from language definitions to compilers; and (2) under suitable assumptions there exists a language definition that, when applied to itself, generates a compiler generator. This has close connections to self-application in partial evaluation. In his PhD
thesis he developed and proved correct the first sound type system for ML-style polymorphic references, an important open problem at the time. Moreover, he formalized a variant of the module system of the Standard ML programming language. Mads Tofte
Mads Tofte
is a co-author of the Definition[2] of Standard ML and the associated Commentary, probably the most precise description developed for any realistic programming language. He co-developed the ML Kit, an implementation of Standard ML whose structure closely follows the Definition. Subsequently he developed (with Jean-Pierre Talpin) the notion of region inference, a program analysis and memory management technique that avoids or minimizes the use of garbage collection. This work was first published[3] in POPL 1994 and in 2005 it earned the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) POPL 1994 Most Influential Paper Award. In the late nineties he co-developed (with Fritz Henglein and others) a type system and a sophisticated tool called AnnoDomini for mitigation of the Year 2000 problem
Year 2000 problem
software. The tool analyses legacy programs to discover all data fields that are used as dates. This work was presented in a POPL 1999 invited keynote.[4] In April 1999 he was appointed the first managing director of the IT University of Copenhagen. He oversaw the creation of the university from scratch, the hiring of faculty/staff, recruitment of students and the design of the study programs. The first students started 5 months later in September 1999. Since 2003 he has been vice chancellor of the IT University of Copenhagen.


2002 The IDG IT award (IT-prisen), for leadership of the IT University of Copenhagen 2005 The ACM POPL '94 Most Influential Paper Award (with Jean-Pierre Talpin).


^ M. Tofte: Compiler Generators: What They Can Do, What They Might Do, and What They Will Probably Never Do. Springer-Verlag 1990 ^ R. Milner, M. Tofte, R. Harper: The Definition of Standard ML, MIT Press 1990, second edition 1997 ^ M. Tofte and J.-P. Talpin: Implementation of the Typed Call-by-Value lambda-calculus using a Stack of Regions, In Proceedings of POPL 1994 ^ P.H. Eidorff, F. Henglein, C. Mossin, H. Niss, M.H. Sørensen, M. Tofte: AnnoDomini: From type theory to year 2000 conversion tool. In Proceedings of POPL 1999

External links[edit]

CV at http://www.itu.dk/people/tofte/cv/cv.pdf ML Kit with Regions at https://web.archive.org/web/20090208225721/http://www.itu.dk/research/mlkit/index.php/Main_Page

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 111007875 LCCN: n88294951 ISNI: 0000 0001 1698 8031 SUDOC: 066940613 BNF: cb136236968 (d