Brent A. Yorgey

Hendrix College
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
MC Reynolds 310
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30 June, 2021

I am on sabbatical for the Fall 2021 semester.

26 September, 2018

Kenny Foner and I published a paper, What’s the Difference? A Functional Pearl on Subtracting Bijections, at ICFP 2018. Here’s the talk I gave.

21 January, 2018

Here are the slides for my OBT talk on explaining type errors, including a transcription of (something like) what I actually said.

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.

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