Ashton Wiersdorf

Ashton Wiersdorf #

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I am a PhD student at the University of Utah, where I started in August 2022. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young University in April 2022.

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I am interested in researching and designing better programming languages. Programming languages are our interface to computation, and different programming languages shape how we think about solving problems with computation. I have done research around compilers and static analysis, and going forward I will be working on novel type systems to catch new kinds of errors and to make programming more intuitive for beginners.

Contact #

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Work #

I am part of the PLT @ University of Utah research group. See our work on GitHub.

Presentations #

  • Ashton Wiersdorf. 2023. FlowFPX: Nimble tools for debugging floating-point exceptions. In JuliaCon 2023. Boston Massachusetts USA.

Projects #

Julia library providing tracking of floating point errors through a program resources.

Personal projects #

Type inference with errors
Type inference for a small lambda calculus with decent error messages.
Walk through of the μKanren embedded logic language.
Emacs Bedrock
A minimalist Emacs starter kit focused on built-in functionality and discoverability aids.
Nordic Night
A darker, higher-contrast spin on the lovely Nord theme for Emacs.
My first compiler, which compiles a small Lisp to x86.