Bjarne Stroustrup Festschrift

Organizing Committee
Nancy Amato
Jaakko Jarvi
Lawrence Rauchwerger
Jennifer Welch

Important Dates

  • April 9, 2012: Hotel reservation deadline
  • April 20, 2012: Early Registration deadline
  • April 26-28, 2012: Workshop

  • Contact & Info

    Parasol Lab

    Workshop on Quality Software:
    A Festschrift for Bjarne Stroustrup

    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
    April 27-28, 2012

    General Information

    The Workshop on Quality Software: A Festschrift for Bjarne Stroustrup honored and celebrated the career of Bjarne Stroustrup. The workshop was held at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. The program included an opening reception on the evening of Thursday, April 26, technical presentations on April 27-28, and a banquet which included reminiscences about Bjarne on the evening of Friday, April 27.

    About Bjarne

    Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup is a Distinguished Professor and holder of the College of Engineering Chair in Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. From 1979 until he joined Texas A&M in 2002, he was a member of Bell Labs and, after the break-up of the Bell System, AT&T Labs - Research, to which he retains a link as an AT&T Fellow. His research interests include distributed systems, design, programming techniques, software development tools, and programming languages.

    Bjarne Stroustrup is the designer and original implementer of C++. He took an active role in the creation of the ANSI/ISO standard for C++ and continues to work on the maintenance and revision of that standard. Over the last decade, C++ has become the most widely used language supporting object-oriented programming by making abstraction techniques affordable and manageable for mainstream projects. Using C++ as his tool, Stroustrup has pioneered the use of object-oriented and generic programming techniques in application areas where efficiency is a premium; examples include general systems programming, switching, simulation, graphics, user-interfaces, embedded systems, and scientific computation. For about two decades, C++ has been among the most widely used programming languages. The influence of C++ and the ideas it popularized are clearly visible far beyond the C++ community. Languages including C, C#, Java, and Fortran99 provide features pioneered for mainstream use by C++, as do systems such as COM and CORBA.

    His book "The C++ Programming Language" (Addison-Wesley, first edition 1985, second edition 1991, third edition 1997, "special" edition 2000) is the most widely read book of its kind and has been translated into at least 19 languages A later book, "The Design and Evolution of C++" (Addison-Wesley, 1994) broke new ground in the description of the way a programming language was shaped by ideas, ideals, problems, and practical constraints. His recent programming textbook Programming -- Principles and Practice using C++ , has (so far) been translated into 7 languages. In addition to his five books, Stroustrup has published more than a hundred academic and more popular papers.

    Bjarne Stroustrup was elected member of The National Academy of Engineering in 2004 "for the creation of the C++ programming language". As the first computer scientist ever, he was awarded the 2005 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement from Sigma Xi (the scientific research society). He was given the IEEE Computer Society's 2004 Computer Entrepreneur Award "for pioneering the development and commercialization of industrial-strength, object-oriented programming technologies, and the profound changes they fostered in business and industry." He is an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow and an AT&T Fellow. He received the 1993 ACM Grace Murray Hopper award "for his early work laying the foundations for the C++ programming language. based on those foundations and Dr. Stroustrup's continuing efforts, C++ has become one of the most influential programming languages in the history of computing". Member of the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science. He is an ACM fellow and an IEEE fellow. He received the 2008 Dr. Dobb's Excellence in Programming award for "advancing the craft of computer programming". He served on the Danish Research Council. He was named one of "America's twelve top young scientists" by Fortune Magazine in 1990 and as one of "the 20 most influential people in the computer industry in the last 20 years" by BYTE magazine in 1995. In 1990, "The Annotated C++ Reference Manual" received Dr Dobb's "Jolt Cola" award for excellence in technical documentation. In 1995, "The Design and Evolution of C++" received a Dr Dobb's "Productivity Award" for helping programmers to improve their code.

    Bjarne was born in 1950 and grew up in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark. He went to Aarhus University studying in the department of computer science DAIMI, gaining the Danish equivalent to a good Masters degree in 1975 (a Cand.Scient. degree is rarely taken in significantly less than six years - at least it wasn't then). Aarhus is a wonderful town of about 250,000 people beautifully sited on the East coast of Jutland.

    Bjarne did his doctoral work on design of distributed systems in the Computing Laboratory of Cambridge University, England, receiving his Ph.D. in computer science in 1979. He is a member of Churchill College, where he and his wife, Marian, spent some wonderful and busy years and where their daughter, Annemarie, was born. Cambridge is another wonderful town and one of the magical places of the world. His thesis advisor in Cambridge was David Wheeler and he also spent significant time talking with (learning from) Roger Needham. He didn't really get to know Maurice Wilkes until years later. He shared an office with Bruce Croft, Jeremy Dion, Neil Grey, David Harper, Andy Hopper, and Mark Pezzaro.

    In 1979, Bjarne Stroustrup, together with his wife and daughter, moved to New Jersey to join the Computer Science Research Center of Bell Telephone Laboratories (colloqually know as 127 or 1127). Over the years, they lived in Summit, Meyersville, and Watchung - all about 10 minutes drive from Bell Labs' main research site in Murray Hill. A son, Nicholas, was born in Meyersville. After the 1984 break-up of the Bell System, Bell Labs became AT&T Bell Labs, and after the 1995 break-up of AT&T, AT&T Bell Labs was itself split into AT&T Labs and Lucent Technologies Bell Labs. From its inception, Bjarne was a member of AT&T Labs - Research, the half of Bell Labs Information Sciences Research that AT&T kept to itself as Lucent and NCR were spun off. Bjarne was the head of the Large-Scale Programming Research Department from its creation in AT&T Bell Labs until late 2002 when he joined the Department of Computer Science of Texas A&M University.

    Bjarne is now the College of Engineering Chair in Computer Science Professor at Texas A&M University He is a member of the Parasol Lab in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (the department's name changed a few years back). He retains links with AT&T Labs - Research as an AT&T Fellow.

    He and his wife live in College Station, Texas. Their daughter is a medical doctor and their son is a graduate student in systems biology. His non-research interests include general history, light literature, photography, hiking and running, travel, and music.


    Financial support for the workshop is provided in part by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and by the Parasol Lab at Texas A&M University.

    For more information

    Contact bjarnefest [at] with any questions.