Les Kitchen

Les Kitchen

Honorary Sr. Research Fellow
University of Melbourne
location_on Australia

Member since 1 year


Les Kitchen

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I first encountered functional programming in a home-brewed functional language called Flip as an undergraduate student at the University of Sydney in around 1972. Scary long time ago. I did a lot of Lisp programming as a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, and later as researcher and academic, University of Massachusetts, University of Western Australia, ending up at the University of Melbourne. Mainly in computer vision. A bit of robotics, human-computer interaction. My son Andy properly introduced me to Haskell, and from there I've developed a love for the depth and elegance and power of statically typed functional languages.

Currently, I'm an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, doing casual tutoring, and active in the technical community: organizing Compose::Melbourne, Melbourne Functional Programming Association, Free Software Melbourne, Melbourne Maths Science Meetup; also belonging to Melbourne Haskell Meetup, Linux Users of Victoria / Linux Australia, Electronic Frontiers Australia, clj-melb. Building connection and community in the tech space.