People of PL is a series of interviews conducted in January 2020 of PL researchers. In today’s post, John Wickerson chats with Mike Hicks, who is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, and was former Chair of ACM SIGPLAN.
As quantum computers become more practical, there is a rich opportunity to advance the development of tools to assist in the process of programming them, both now and in the future. To encourage more PL-minded researchers to work in this exciting new area, we established the Workshop on Programming Languages for Quantum Computing (PLanQC).
Quantum computing may be more powerful than classical computing but has a radically different programming model. Current languages are in their infancy; future languages are likely to be different. Now is a great time for language designers and implementers to try new ideas.