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International Lisp Conference, 2009

March 22 - 25, 2009
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

[Logo - LISP - the next 50 years]

Presented by the Association of Lisp Users

Sponsored by:
ITA Software, Inc.
Franz, Inc.
LispWorks Limited
Clozure Associates LLC
Ravenbrook Limited

In cooperation with ACM SIGPLAN


Pre-registration is closed, but you may still register at the on-site registration desk which will be available in the MIT Stata Center between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm from Sunday, March 22 through Wednesday, March 25. On-site registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

Please note that anyone who registers on-site at the "student" rate will not be entitled to the provided lunches or banquet.

Lisp has been supporting the world's most complex applications since it was created, 50 years ago. Where will Lisp go in the next 50 years? What's unique about it? How can we join together to make it more widely used? How can we strengthen the Lisp open-source community?

Come meet the top Lisp experts and practitioners in the world. Learn how to get the most out of Lisp. Find about about the latest developments from research and industry. The conference is a rare opportunity for face-to-face interaction, sharing knowledge and ideas with the experts of the worldwide Lisp community. Students are especially welcome. Everyone will have a great time!


Lisp isn't just for artificial intelligence any more! It's a fast, robust, general-purpose language. It's extensible, letting you create domain-specific languages easily.

Lisp has been used successfully for shrink-wrapped educational software, airline fare search, commercial web sites, editing and publishing musical scores, controlling NASA's "Deep Space 1" satellite, telephone billing, computer animation, video games for the Sony Playstation 2, computer-assisted music composition, symbolic algebra, sophisticated web frameworks, text editors, collaborative authoring, roguelike games, bioinformatics, data mining, electrical and mechanical CAD, signal processing in missile defense, genomics, financial risk analysis, real-time stock trading, and decision support.

Keynote Speakers

David Moon: Genuine, full-power, hygienic macro system for a language with syntax

David Moon was one of the developers of MacLisp and the author of the MacLisp manual. He was a principal architect of the series of M.I.T. and Symbolics Lisp machines. He was one of the designers of Common Lisp and the Common Lisp Object System. At Apple Computer, he was one of the designers of the Dylan language. Since then he has worked on object-oriented databases at Object Design and Progress Software.

Gerald Jay Sussman, MIT (USA): Evolvability and Robust Design

Gerald Jay Sussman is the Panasonic (formerly Matsushita) Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has done research at M.I.T. since 1964, in artificial intelligence, computer architecture, VLSI design, and computer languages. He is one of the creators of the Scheme language. He is a fellow of many organizations and has won many awards.

Shriram Krishnamurthi, Brown University (USA): The Moby Scheme Compiler for Smartphones, or, Is That a Parenthesis in Your Pocket?

Shriram Krishnamurthi is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. His recent work focuses on language support for interactive software, and on analyses for security policies. He is a co-author of the DrScheme programming environment, the Margrave access control policy analysis package, the Flapjax programming language, the FASTLINK genetic linkage analysis package, and the Continue conference paper manager.

Olin Shivers, Northeastern University (USA): The Anatomy of a Loop: A Story of Scope and Control

Olin Shivers was an undergraduate at Yale University and earned his doctorate at Carnegie Mellon, where he studied AI and programming languages under Allen Newell and Peter Lee. A peripatetic scholar, he subsequently held research and faculty positions at Bell Labs, Hong Kong University, MIT, and Georgia Tech, before joining the faculty at Northeastern University. He has been the founder of three startup companies, most recently Smartleaf Corporation.


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