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Language Engineering

Our work in software language engineering focuses on the theory and application of grammar-based techniques. Our interests encompass traditional programming language design and implementation; Domain Specific Language development; reverse compilation; modular syntax and semantics; the interpretation of biological sequence data; and the semi-automatic derivation of customised computer architectures for embedded systems.


Research activities

Generalised parsing

Modular semantics - the PLanCompS project

PLanCompS is an EPSRC project in partnership with Swansea University and City University. For details see the PLanCompS website.

Customisable processor architecture

  • Convex vertex set enumeration

Grammars from language standards

We have a repository of grammars extracted from language standards in their raw form, along with versions suitable for use with YACC and other parser generators. There are also associated tools for translating between grammar formats.


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