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I’m going to ECOOP to see a part of the PL community I wouldn’t normally see, talk to people that I wouldn’t normally talk to, attend the co-located summer school, and figure out what I want to do with my (academic) life. If you want to know why I might do those things, read a little about me.
The long story
On Sunday, I am heading to ECOOP. I have never been to ECOOP, the conference is a little outside of my specialty, I do not know anyone there, and I do not even have a paper or talk at one of the workshops. However, a few weeks ago I ignored an email from one of the mailing lists that said there was some NSF funding that students should apply for. Then I saw an email from Jan Vitek on a local mailing list saying students should really apply for this funding and get to go to Rome.
“Huh”, I thought to myself, “I wonder what’s interesting in Rome”. I went to the ECOOP program and started looking around.
The Curry On program looks interesting. This co-located conference should help me understand how PL applies to industry problems. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss most or all the first day. But the talk I’m most interested in is the final keynote, “Building an Open Source Research Lab”; hopefully this will give me some insights on this industry vs academia problem I have been struggling with.
Unfortunately, the summer school is in parallel with most of the conference talks, so it’s going to be tough to decide how much of the summer school to miss in order to see new research.
“Yeah”, I thought after much consideration, “I guess there are some interesting things to see in Rome”. I’m a little concerned about the accommodations and venue though; I understand that a lot of the architecture in Rome is very old.