Sam Elliott

PhD Student at University of Washington

I'm a PhD student at the Paul G. Allen School at the University of Washington, working in both the PLSE Group and the SAMPA Group, advised by Ras Bodik, and Mark Oskin.

I do research into Programming Languages, in particular compilation techniques involving Program Synthesis or Domain-Specific Languages.

I have recently completed my MS in Computer Science and Enginnering at the Paul G. Allen School at the University of Washington, in Seattle. I am staying on to complete my PhD here.

In 2015 I completed my BSc (Hons) in Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland.

The rest is in my CV [PDF].

Contact Me

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I work in the CSE Building — my office is CSE410.

My Research Publications →

Research into various topics, mostly in Programming Languages. Some of my previous work has looked at Concurrent and Distributed Systems.

Synic Unreleased

2016: Details forthcoming.

Erlang meets Idris Publication →

2014–2015: My Bachelor's Dissertation project was producing an Idris to Erlang compiler, and associated libraries for producing verified concurrent programs in Idris that would use Erlang VM features.

CRDTs: Composition and Garbage Collection Visit Project →

2014: I have just finished 15 months working at Basho, continuing to develop Data Types for Riak. My work on Data Types has been included in Riak 2.0, and there is pending work that should be in the next major release of Riak.

2014: My Colleagues and I co-authored an extended abstract about the new CRDT that supports composition, titled “Riak DT Map: a Composable, Convergent Replicated Dictionary” that we presented at PaPEC 2014 (a Workshop colocated with Eurosys 2014).

2013 (Autumn): For more details on the work I did on the Data Types team, see My talk at RICON West 2013 entitled “CRDTs: An Update (or just a PUT)”

2013 (Summer): I spent 3 months working at Basho on Data Type support for their datastore, Riak. This included designing a new CRDT that supported composition, and adding Garbage Collection to their existing CRDT implementations.

skel — A Streaming Process-based Skeleton Library for Erlang Visit Project →

2012: I spent over two months working with the University of St Andrews and other institutions from the ParaPhrase project on this parallel skeleton library.

I helped co-author a paper titled “Cost-Directed Refactoring of Parallel Erlang Programs” which uses my Skeleton Library as the basis of its refactoring.


Other Projects I am involved in.

Sailing Visit Archive →

I race most weekends throughout the year. Currently I'm a crewmember aboard “Bravo Zulu”, a 40' yacht that sails out of Shilshole Marina, Seattle.

Quark & Byte Visit Archive →

2014-2015: Henry Legg and I presented a Science and Technology news radio show, broadcasting on St Andrews STAR Radio. We broadcasted weekly, covering the science news of the last week, and a few interviews.