Lambert Meertens

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Lambert Meertens

Lambert Guillaume Louis Théodore Meertens (born 1944) is a Dutch computer scientist and professor.While still a student at the Ignatius Gymnasium in Amsterdam, Meertens designed a computer, together with his classmate Kees Koster.

 

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Kees Koster
In the 1960s, Meertens applied affix grammars to the description and composition of music, and obtained a special prize from the jury at the 1968 IFIP Congress in Edinburgh for his computer-generated string quartet, “Quartet No. 1 in C Major for 2 Violins, Viola and Violoncello” based on the first non-context-free affix grammar.[2][3] The string quartet was published as Mathematical Centre Report MR 96 in 1968.

 

 

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ALGOL 68

 

Meertens was one of the editors of the Revised ALGOL 68 Report. He was the originator and one of the designers of the ABC programming language. He was chairman of the Dutch Pacifist Socialist Party (PSP) from 1975 until 1981. He was co-designer of the Bird-Meertens Formalism. He was chair of IFIP Working Group 2.1 on Algorithmic Languages and Calculi from 1999 to 2009.
His original work was at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (originally called the Mathematical Centre). He was later researcher at the Kestrel Institute in Palo Alto, United States. He is Professor Emeritus at Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.Meertens has an Erdős number of 3.The Meertens number is named after him.

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Research Activities

Sensor Networks, Ad-hoc Wireless Networks, Distributed Coordination, Time-Aware Dynamic Scheduling

  • The Consona project.
  • The ANTs project at Kestrel.

Application Integration, XML, Generic Editors

  • The Views application environment.
  • Proxima, a generic presentation-oriented XML editor.
  • Designing Constraint Maintainers for User Interaction. A methodology for designing constraint maintainers. Largely finished.
  • Groundwork. An inventory of infrastructural components useful for (e.g.) the construction of generic editors and user-interaction mediators.
  • Object Structure. An abstract description of object structure useful for (e.g.) the construction of generic editors. Superseded by XML/DOM.

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Publications of Lambert Meertens

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  • Stephen Fitzpatrick and Lambert Meertens. Distributed coordination through anarchic optimization.

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  • Leo Geurts, Lambert Meertens, and Steven Pemberton. ABC Programmer’s Handbook.

 

Awards

  • 2007: IFIP Silver Core
  •  1997:HILT DUCH
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