Lecture: Friday, September 23, 2016 – Barbara Liskov

Barbara Liskov: “The power of abstraction”


Abstraction is at the center of much work in Computer Science. It encompasses finding the right interface for a system as well as finding an effective design for a system implementation. Furthermore, abstraction is the basis for program construction, allowing programs to be built in a modular fashion. This talk will discuss how the abstraction mechanisms we use today came to be and how they are supported in programming languages.