Samson Abramsky

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Samson Abramsky
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Samson Abramsky
Born (1953-03-12) 12 March 1953 (age 62)[1]
Fields
Institutions
Alma mater
Thesis Domain Theory and the Logic of Observable Properties (1968)
Doctoral advisor Richard Bornat[3]
Doctoral students
Notable awards
Website
www.cs.ox.ac.uk/samson.abramsky

Samson Abramsky FRS (born 12 March 1953), FRSE is a computer scientist who holds the Christopher Strachey Professorship at the Department of Computer Science (formerly the Computing Laboratory), University of Oxford. He is well known for playing a leading role in the development of game semantics. He has made significant contributions to the areas of domain theory, the lazy lambda calculus, strictness analysis, concurrency theory, interaction categories, and the geometry of interaction.[2][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Education[edit]

Abramsky was educated at Hasmonean Grammar School for Boys, Hendon and at King's College, Cambridge (BA 1975, MA Philosophy 1979, Diploma in Computer Science) and Queen Mary, University of London (PhD Computer Science 1988, supervised by Richard Bornat).[3]

Career[edit]

Since 2000, he has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and Christopher Strachey Professor of Computing at Oxford University Department of Computer Science. He has also been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 2004. His research achievements include the development of game semantics, domain theory in logical form, and categorical quantum mechanics.

His earlier positions include:

Abramsky has played a leading role in the development of game semantics, and its applications to the semantics of programming languages. Other notable contributions include his work on domain theory in logical form, the lazy lambda calculus, strictness analysis, concurrency theory, interaction categories, and geometry of interaction. He has recently been working on high-level methods for quantum computation and information.

Awards and honours[edit]

Abramsky is a Fellow of the Royal Society (2004), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2000), and a Member of Academia Europaea (1993). He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the North Holland Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics, and of the Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science. He was General Chair of LiCS 2000–2003, and is a member of the LiCS Organizing Committee.

Abramsky's nomination for the Royal Society reads:

Selected works[edit]

Samson Abramsky co-edited 6 Volumes Handbook of Logic in Computer Science with Dov Gabbay and T. S. E. Maibaum.

  • 1992. Volume 1: Background: Mathematical Structures.
  • 1992. Volume 2: Background: Computational Structures.
  • 1995. Volume 3: Semantic Structures.
  • 1995. Volume 4: Semantic Modelling.
  • 2001. Volume 5: Logic and Algebraic Methods.
  • Volume 6 Logical methods in computer science.

Samson Abramsky published over two hundred publications and h-index is 49 until January 2015. [16]

  • 1986. Strictness analysis for higher-order functions. (with GL Burn, C Hankin). Science of Computer Programming.
  • 1990. The Lazy Lambda Calculus. Research Topics in Functional Programming.
  • 1993. Computational Interpretations of Linear logic. in Theoretical Computer Science 111
  • 1994. Domain Theory. (with A Jung). in Handbook of Logic in Computer Science 3.
  • 1996. Interaction categories and the foundations of typed concurrent programming. (with S Gay and R Nagarajan). NATO ASI SERIES F COMPUTER AND SYSTEMS SCIENCES 152
  • 1997. Specifying interaction categories. (with D Pavlović). Category Theory and Computer Science
  • 2002. Geometry of interaction and linear combinatory algebras. (with E Haghverdi and P Scott). Mathematical Structures in Computer Science 12 (5)
  • 2003. Sequentiality vs. concurrency in games and logic. Mathematical Structures in Computer Science 13 (4)

Some of the recent works of Samson Abramsky include:

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