Who has the most POPL and PLDI papers?

DBLP is an online database of academic publications in computer science and related fields. Handily, it provides a Java API for accessing the data programmatically. In this blog post, I share a few fun facts I discovered while using this API to explore the data that DBLP holds about two of the main conferences on programming languages; namely, POPL and PLDI.

The code I wrote to generate the numbers is available on GitHub.

NB: A “paper” is anything listed in the conference’s proceedings on DBLP. This includes keynote presentations, short papers, posters, editorships, and regular papers.

Edit [27-Sep-2017]: I fixed a bug in my calculations for ‘most papers per conference’, which had led to some authors being missed.

Edit [17-Jun-2018]: Updated with stats from POPL 2018 and PLDI 2018.

Most papers

POPL

  • 1. Benjamin C. Pierce (25 papers)
  • 2. Matthias Felleisen, Robert Harper (18 papers)
  • 3. Thomas W. Reps (17 papers)
  • 4. John C. Mitchell, Xavier Leroy (16 papers)

PLDI

  • 1. Alexander Aiken (29 papers)
  • 2. Rastislav Bodík (18 papers)
  • 3. Kathryn S. McKinley, Martin C. Rinard, Martin T. Vechev, Sumit Gulwani (17 papers)
  • 4. Rajiv Gupta  (16 papers)

Most conferences

POPL

  • 1. Benjamin C. Pierce (21 conferences)
  • 2. Matthias Felleisen (16 conferences)
  • 3. Thomas W. Reps (15 conferences)
  • 4. Alexander Aiken, John C. Mitchell, Martín Abadi, Xavier Leroy (14 conferences)

PLDI

  • 1. Alexander Aiken (21 conferences)
  • 2. Rajiv Gupta, Martin C. Rinard (15 conferences)
  • 3. Kathryn S. McKinley (13 conferences)
  • 4. Cormac Flanagan, Keshav Pingali, Eran Yahav (12 conferences)

Longest vacation

That is, the longest gap between successive papers.

POPL

  • 1. J Strother Moore (1976 to 2012: 36-year gap)
  • 2. Dennis E. Shasha (1984 to 2018: 34-year gap)
  • 3. Alan Mycroft (1986 to 2017: 31-year gap)
  • 4. Uday S. Reddy (1985 to 2012: 27-year gap)

PLDI

  • 1. Barbara Liskov (1988 to 2015: 27-year gap)
  • 2. Roland H.C. Yap (1992 to 2018: 26-year gap)
  • 3. Joxan Jaffar (1992 to 2015: 23-year gap)
  • 4. Edith Schonberg (1989 to 2010: 21-year gap)

Longest career

That is, the longest gap between the first and the most recent paper.

POPL

  • 1. Patrick Cousot (1977 to 2017: 40 years)
  • 2. Philip Wadler (1980 to 2018: 38 years)
  • =3. John C. Reynolds (1975 to 2012 : 37 years)
  • =3. Radhia Cousot (1977 to 2014: 37 years)
  • =3. Thomas W. Reps (1981 to 2018: 37 years)
  • 4. J Strother Moore (1976 to 2012: 36 years)

PLDI

  • 1. Suresh Jagannathan (1987 to 2018: 31 years)
  • =2. Alexander Aiken (1988 to 2018: 30 years)
  • =2. Thomas W. Reps (1988 to 2018: 30 years)
  • =3. J. Eliot B. Moss (1987 to 2016: 29 years)
  • =3. Keshav Pingali (1989 to 2018: 29 years)
  • 4. Barbara Liskov (1988 to 2016: 28 years)

Longest streak

That is, the longest streak of successive conferences with at least one paper.

POPL

  • 1. Derek Dreyer (since 2009: 10 conferences)
  • 2. John C. Mitchell (1984 to 1992: 9 conferences)
  • =3. Amir Pnueli (1980 to 1987: 8 conferences)
  • =3. Benjamin C. Pierce (1991 to 1998: 8 conferences)
  • =4. Mitchell Wand (1982 to 1988: 7 conferences)
  • =4. Pierre-Yves Strub (since 2012: 7 conferences)
  • =4. Nikhil Swamy (since 2012: 7 conferences)
  • =4. Vaughan R. Pratt (1977 to 1983: 7 conferences)

PLDI

  • 1. Alexander Aiken (since 2010: 9 conferences)
  • 2. Sumit Gulwani (2008 to 2015: 8 conferences)
  • =3. Sriram Krishnamoorthy (since 2013: 6 conferences)
  • =3. Sorin Lerner (2007 to 2012: 6 conferences)
  • =3. Kathryn S. McKinley (2006 to 2011: 6 conferences)
  • =3. Madan Musuvathi (2007 to 2012: 6 conferences)
  • =3. Shmuel Sagiv (2011 to 2016: 6 conferences)

Most papers per conference

POPL

  • =1. Adam Chlipala (3 papers in POPL 2015)
  • =1. Derek C. Oppen (3 papers in POPL 1978)
  • =1. Jeffrey D. Ullman (3 papers in POPL 1973 and in POPL 1976)
  • =1. Karl Crary (3 papers in POPL 2003)
  • =1. Peter Sewell (3 papers in POPL 2011)
  • =1. Robert Harper (3 papers in POPL 2003)
  • =1. Simon L. Peyton Jones (3 papers in POPL 2014)
  • =1. Swarat Chaudhuri (3 papers in POPL 2014)
  • =1. Zachary Kincaid (3 papers in POPL 2014)

PLDI

  • =1. Sumit Gulwani (4 papers in PLDI 2011)
  • =1. Martin T. Vechev (4 papers in PLDI 2018)
  • =2. Andrew C. Myers (3 papers in PLDI 2015)
  • =2. Armando Solar-Lezama (3 papers in PLDI 2016)
  • =2. David I. August (3 papers in PLDI 2011)
  • =2. Hongseok Yang (3 papers in PLDI 2014)
  • =2. James R. Larus (3 papers in PLDI 1999)
  • =2. Kathryn S. McKinley (3 papers in PLDI 2010)
  • =2. Martin T. Vechev (3 papers in PLDI 2012)
  • =2. Peter Lee (3 papers in PLDI 1998)
  • =2. Rahul Sharma (3 papers in PLDI 2016)
  • =2. Rastislav Bodík (3 papers in PLDI 2005)
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