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Laurie J. Hendren
Sable Research Group
School of Computer Science (SOCS)
Faculty of Science
McGill University
Montreal, Canada

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Research Description

Historically my main area of research area has been the development of compilers for object-oriented and aspect-oriented programming languages. I also have a long-standing interest in pointer analysis and program analysis frameworks.

My most recent research focus is on how to bring our compiler expertise to the world of scientists and engineers, and in particular how to support effective and efficient programming in the dynamic programming language MATLAB. To kick-start research in this area we are building a toolkit, McLAB, to support language extensions, compiler optimizations and transformations, virtual machines and JITs, and program understanding/refactoring tools for MATLAB and extensions of MATLAB.

An important facet of my work is that new research ideas should be developed along with software infrastructures to test those ideas. This has led to the development of many publicly available software frameworks, more details can be found on the group's web site at . Our research group hopes that other groups will use their software, and will contribute new pieces back them so that all compiler groups can benefit from the work.

How to reach me ...

... as a Professor in the School of Computer Science?

You can contact me about Computer Science related business in my Computer Science office at the following coordinates. I am generally there Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and all day Friday.

E-mail: hendren at
Office: 228 McConnell Engineering Building
Office Phone: (514) 398-7391
Office FAX: (514)398-3883
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Laurie Hendren, Professor
School of Computer Science
McGill University
McConnell Engineering Building, Room 318
3480 University Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A7

... as Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Science?

I am also Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Science. My office there is 304 Dawson Hall. Please contact me at Dawson Hall for Faculty of Science business. You can find my coordinates in the Faculty offices here. I am generally found there Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and all day Tuesday.

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Maintained by Laurie J. Hendren Last modified Mon Jan 9 20:19:27 EST 2012. [HOME]
Compiler research projects: Soot, a Java analysis, optimization and transformation toolkit ---- abc, an AspectJ compiler. ---- McLAB, a compiler and VM toolkit for MATLAB