Brent A. Yorgey

Hendrix College
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
MC Reynolds 310
Office hours: whenever my door is open, or by appointment
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News and announcements

27 March, 2017

I gave a piano recital at Hendrix featuring Liszt (“Il Lamento”), J.S. Bach (French Suite in E flat), and all four Chopin Ballades. You can listen to it here.

15 July, 2016

A paper I co-authored with Satvik Chauhan and Piyush Kurur has been accepted to the 2016 Haskell Symposium in Nara, Japan. The paper is about semi-direct products of monoids and twisted functors, a generalization of semi-direct products to the product of a monoid and an applicative functor, with a description of some applications to serialization, deserialization, and memory allocation. A preprint is available here.

21 June, 2016

My student Ollie Kwizera will be giving a talk about our work on Boltzmann sampling for algebraic data types at the 2016 MAA MathFest.

About me

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, USA. My research interests lie broadly within the fields of programming languages and discrete mathematics, with particular interests in functional programming languages, embedded domain-specific languages, category theory, and combinatorics. I also have a strong interest in visual communication and data visualization, and lead the development of diagrams, an open-source vector graphics platform embedded in the Haskell programming language.

I graduated from Williams College in 2004, and obtained my PhD at the University of Pennslyvania in 2014, as part of the Penn PL Club and under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Weirich.

Note to headhunters: I am not interested in positions in industry, especially in the financial sector. Please don't contact me about job opportunities.