Meeting 2016 Europe

Working Group on Language Design
  • Dates: October 3-7, October 2016
  • Venue: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Host: Heather Miller


The meeting starts on Monday morning October 3 at 9AM and ends with lunch on Friday October 7.

The program consists of a series of 50 minute sessions, which are scheduled during the meeting. In each session the speaker gets 25 minutes to present and the audience gets 25 minutes to discuss, in no particular order (although we tend to give the presenter a couple of minutes to at least introduce the topic). Time is administered using a chess clock. (If attendance is high we may have to reduce session times somewhat.)

Prospective speakers are invited to send a talk proposal including title and abstract to the chair (Eelco Visser).


The meeting will take place at EPFL, in the BC building, room BC410

The meeting room is situated on the top floor of building BC, one of EPFL's main computer science buildings which boasts ample seating and meeting space and a large terrace with stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Lunches will be provided in an on campus cafeteria at EPFL, and afternoon coffee and snacks will also be provided in the meeting room area. Wifi will be available via the campus guest network or eduroam, and a cafeteria is just a few steps away where an assortment of drinks, coffee, and snacks are available throughout the day for sale.

Getting There

The nearest airport is the Geneva airport (GVA) a well-connected mid-size international airport with many nonstop long-haul flights arriving/departing daily. The Geneva airport is about a 40 minute train/metro ride from EPFL. One can take a direct train from the train station at the Geneva airport to Lausanne or Renens, from there, EPFL is just a short metro ride away.

Another large and well-connected Swiss airport is the Zurich airport (ZRH) which serves more long-haul destinations nonstop than the Geneva airport. The Zurich airport is about 2.5 hours by train from Lausanne, and can be worth the trip for a convenient nonstop itinerary. One can take a direct train from the Zurich airport to the Lausanne train station, and from there, EPFL is just a short metro ride away.


We have booked a block of 20 rooms in the SwissTech Hotel, a new, modern hotel that is minimal, comfortable, and affordable, and only 5-10 minutes by foot from the meeting room at EPFL. Our group rate is 120CHF/night (~$120) which is quite affordable for Lausanne.

If you're interested in taking one of these rooms, you must claim and pay for your room by September 1, 2016. Contact Heather (heather.miller@epfl.ch) to get the ball rolling (rooms are first come, first serve!)

Else, there are many other hotels in the city center of Lausanne, situated ~20 minutes via public transit from EPFL. Affordable hotels include: LHotel Flon, Hotel Ibis Lausanne Centre, and the Swiss Wine Hotel. If staying in one of these hotels, budget at least 30 minutes for the commute to EPFL in the mornings.

Note that all guests of a Lausanne hotel receive free public transport cards good for all forms of public transit in Lausanne.

* Booking: online via http://www.swisstech-hotel.com, must use booking code: WG216


Registration is required, however fees will be collected during or after the meeting. Registration is planned to cost $225. Included in the registration fee is lunches on all days, coffee/snacks during the afternoon coffee breaks, and all group dinners.

To register, please fill out the registration form.



  • Eelco Visser (Chair)
  • Tijs van der Storm (Vice Chair)
  • Jonathan Edwards (Secretary)
  • Heather Miller (Local Organizer)


  • Adam Chlipala
  • Daan Leijen
  • Jan-Willem Maessen
  • Mark S. Miller
  • Yannis Smaragdakis
  • Roberto Ierusalimschy
  • Jonathan Aldrich
  • Klaus Ostermann
  • Edwin Brady
  • Markus Voelter
  • Manuel Serrano


  • Michael Greenberg
  • Martin Odersky
  • Francois Pottier
  • Luke Church
  • James Larus


  • Chair's opening
  • Brief round of introductions: just your name and affiliation are fine
  • Local organizer's instructions

  • talks tba


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  • Excursion in the afternoon


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  • Business meeting


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Yannis Smaragdakis: My Foray Into Declarative Languages