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From Data Types to Session Types: A Basis for Concurrency and Distribution, an EPSRC Programme Grant, joint with Simon Gay, Glasgow, and Nobuko Yoshida, Imperial.

TypeScript: The Next Generation funded by a Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism, studentships available for cohort starting September 2015.



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A request: please avoid scheduling events on Shabbat, Rosh Hasanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukkah, Purim, and Passover. Holiday dates for the next five years. I am a member of Sukkat Shalom, the Edinburgh Liberal Jewish Community, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and Scottish Jews for a Just Peace.



I am married to Catherine Lyons and the father of Adam and Leora.
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Feynman was famous for his hand-waving arguments. Once he explained his theory of superfluid helium to Pauli using such arguments. Pauli, a tough critic, was unconvinced. Feynman kept at it, and Pauli stayed unconvinced, until Feynman, exasperated, asked, "Surely you can't believe that everything I've said is wrong?" To which Pauli replied, "I believe that everything you've said is not even wrong." — Frank Wilczek, The Lightness of Being

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Philip Wadler
Informatics Forum 5.31
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh EH8 9AB
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