ELS Editions

10th European Lisp Symposium

Co-located with <Programming> 2017

3-4 April 2017
VUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

This year's Highlights:

Identity in a World of Values
Hans Hübner, LambdaWerk GmbH, Berlin, Germany

How the strengths of Lisp-family languages facilitate building complex and flexible bioinformatics applications
Bohdan B. Khomtchouk, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, USA

We present a rationale for expanding the presence of the Lisp family of programming languages in bioinformatics and computational biology research. Put simply, Lisp-family languages enable programmers to more quickly write programs that run faster than in other languages. Languages such as Common Lisp, Scheme and Clojure facilitate the creation of powerful and flexible software that is required for complex and rapidly evolving domains like biology. We will point out several important key features that distinguish languages of the Lisp family from other programming languages, and we will explain how these features can aid researchers in becoming more productive and creating better code. We will also show how these features make these languages ideal tools for artificial intelligence and machine learning applications. We will specifically stress the advantages of domain-specific languages (DSLs): languages that are specialized to a particular area, and thus not only facilitate easier research problem formulation, but also aid in the establishment of standards and best programming practices as applied to the specific research field at hand. DSLs are particularly easy to build in Common Lisp, the most comprehensive Lisp dialect, which is commonly referred to as the 'programmable programming language'. We are convinced that Lisp grants programmers unprecedented power to build increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence systems that may ultimately transform machine learning and artificial intelligence research in bioinformatics and computational biology.

ELS is now "In-Cooperation with: ACM SIGPLAN".
Registration is now open! Register before March 13 to get the early bird fee...
This year's deadline has just been extended by one week! Please submit before February 6...
This year's ELS will be co-located with the <Programming> 2017 conference in Brussels!