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Compiler Tools for MATLAB

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  • UserLaurie Hendren, Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill University, Canada Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Oxford University Computing Laboratory
  • ClockWednesday 15 June 2011, 14:15-15:15
  • HouseLecture Theatre 1, Computer Laboratory.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Stephen Clark.

MATLAB is a popular dynamic programming language used for scientific and numerical programming. As a language, it has evolved from a small scripting language intended as an interactive interface to numerical libraries, to a very popular language supporting many language features and libraries. The overloaded syntax and dynamic nature of the language, plus the somewhat organic addition of language features over the years, makes static analysis of modern MATLAB quite challenging.

In this talk I will motivate why it is important for programming language and compiler researchers to work on MATLAB and I will provide a high-level overview of McLab, a suite of compiler tools my group is developing at McGill. The main technical focus of the talk will be on the foundational problem of resolving the meaning of an identifier in MATLAB . To solve this problem we have developed two analyses, “kind analysis” and “handle analysis”.

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Wednesday Seminars series.

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