Hi, I'm Lawton Nichols, and I'm a second-year PhD student in Ben Hardekopf's Programming Languages Lab at UC Santa Barbara—it's going to be a lengthy 20-minute drive to the conference for me. This will be my first PLDI, so I'm extra excited for the talks: the top three papers that interest me the most are Refinement Types for TypeScript, Program Synthesis from Polymorphic Refinement Types, and Polymorphic Type Inference for Machine Code—I was very happy to discover that none of the presentation times are going to clash. If I'm lucky, maybe I'll be able to temporarily disable my shyness and ask one of the authors an intelligent question!
I'm looking forward to meeting my fellow volunteers and all the students attending PLMW. See you all in a few days!