Office: 301H in Lindley Hall
Work: davidchr at indiana dot edu
Personal: david at davidchristiansen dot dk
IRC: christiansen on Freenode
I build systems that enable programming to be a creative dialog between human and machine. To do this, I work with advanced type systems, metaprogramming, and domain-specific languages. In particular, I’ve written a fair bit of Idris.
Type-Directed Elaboration of Quasiquotations: A High-Level Syntax for Low-Level Reflection (pdf, acm)
In Proc. of 26th International Symposium on Implementation and Application of Functional Languages (IFL ’14)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October, 2014
A means of implementing quasiquotation in the context of a type-directed tactic-driven elaborator.
Pension Reserve Computations on GPUs (pdf, acm)
In Proc. of Workshop on Functional High-Performance Computing (FHPC ’14)
Gothenbug, Sweden, September, 2014
A description of generation of fast GPU code for solving the Thiele’s differential equations, generated from a high-level description of a class of life insurance and pension products.
Dependent Type Providers (pdf, acm)
In Proc. of Workshop on Generic Programming (WGP ’13)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA, September, 2013
A mechanism for allowing datatype indices to be about something outside the language
Software Development for the Working Actuary (pdf, poster)
In Proc. of 4th International Symposium on End-User Development (IS-EUD ’13)
Copenhagen, Denmark, June, 2013
A short paper describing ongoing research and associated poster
Reflect on Your Mistakes! Lightweight Domain-Specific Error Messages (pdf)
Presented at TFP 2014, Soesterberg, The Netherlands, May, 2014
A mechanism for displaying error messages for embedded languages using the terms of the embedded language rather than the host language.
A week-long intensive course on Scala and DSLs at Chalmers in December, 2012
TA for Advanced Models and Programs, Spring 2011 (as M.Sc. student)
TA for Introduktion til scripting, databaser og systemarkitektur (Introduction to Scripting, Databases and System Architecture), Spring 2011 (as M.Sc. student)
I’m a contributor to Idris, a functional programming language with full dependent types. In particular, I’m to blame for Idris’s take on type providers, quasiquotation, and the reflected elaborator.
I am a co-author and maintainer of the Idris IDE for Emacs, which attempts to unite the interaction styles of SLIME, agda-mode, and ProofGeneral, and to be a practical environment for writing runnable code using dependent types.
I defended my Ph.D. dissertation, Practical Metaprogramming for Dependent Types, on January 7, 2016. It describes a suite of metaprogramming features for Idris, including a means of quoting Idris’s core language using high-level Idris syntax, a way to rewrite error messages that arise from embedded languages, and a reflection of Idris’s elaborator into a monad with effects in the type checker.
My M.Sc. thesis (Danish speciale) describes Idris’s type providers, which allow dependent types to talk about values obtained from effectful computations that can observe the world in which the program finds itself being typechecked.
I’ve created some tutorials in connections with my teaching duties. In case they are useful outside of the specific courses for which they were designed, they are now online.
I’m a co-host of The Type Theory Podcast.
I’m a fluent user of English and Danish. I can also get by in Swedish and Esperanto, if necessary.