+ William Clinger, Northeastern University, USA + Pascal Costanza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium + Richard Gabriel, IBM Research, USA + Rich Hickey, Independent Consultant, USA + Alan Kay, Viewpoints Research Institute, USA + Fritz Kunze, USA + Ora Lassila, Nokia Research Center, USA + John McCarthy, USA + Kent Pitman, PTC, USA + Guy Steele, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, USA + Herbert Stoyan, University of Erlangen, Germany + Warren Teitelman, Google Inc., USA + JonL White, USA
Titles, abstracts, biographies and schedule will be announced at the Lisp50 webpage and blog in the coming days and weeks.
In October 1958, John McCarthy published one in a series of reports about his then ongoing effort for designing a new programming language that would be especially suited for achieving artificial intelligence. That report was the first one to use the name LISP for this new programming language. 50 years later, Lisp is still in use. This year we are celebrating Lisp's 50th birthday. OOPSLA 2008 is an excellent venue for such a celebration, because object-oriented programming benefited heavily from Lisp ideas and because OOPSLA 2008 takes place in October, exactly 50 years after the name Lisp has been used publicly for the first time. We will have talks by John McCarthy himself, and numerous other influential Lispers from the past five decades. We will also take a look at the next 50 years of Lisp.
+ Pascal Costanza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium + Richard Gabriel, IBM Research, Hawthorne, NY, USA + Robert Hirschfeld, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Potsdam, Germany + Guy Steele, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Burlington, MA, USA
Sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN
Supported by + IBM Research + LispWorks Ltd + Franz Inc. + Clozure Associates