Background Information

Position:Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. HEAD of BSc education on Computer Science and Economics.
Email:mael at
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Address:Universitetsparken 5, DK-2100 Copenhagen O, Denmark
Mobile phone:+45 2612 2212
Date of Birth:1969-12-22

Previous positions:

May 2012 - December 2020Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. HIPERFIT Research Center Manager, HEAD of BSc education on Computer Science and Economics (from 2019).
May 2008 - April 2012Chief System Development Consultant, Team Leader, SimCorp.
April 2003 - April 2008Associate Professor at The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU). From March 2004 to August 2005, Vice Head of the Department of Innovation, ITU. From August 2005 to January 2006, Head of the Department of Innovation, ITU. From August 2007 - April 2008, Head of the SDT study programme.
February 2006 - August 2006On leave from ITU: CTO at Zecure.
January 2000 - March 2003Assistant Professor at The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Denmark (part time at ITU).
January 1999 - December 1999Postdoctoral research position at University of California, Berkeley.
May 1995 - December 1998Ph.D. student at the Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen (DIKU).

Research and Development

I am Professor in the Programming Languages and Theory of Computation section at the Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, where I also serve as head of studies for a BSc education on Computer Science and Economics.

Until 2018, I served as Center Manager for the HIPERFIT Research Center, which, with special attention to the finance industry, focused on solving problems within the domains of high-performance computing and big data.

I conduct research related to the design and implementation of high-level programming languages. My research interests cover the areas of data-parallel programming languages, module systems, platforms and type systems for Web applications, program optimisation, type systems for static memory management, transient fault tolerant computing, garbage collection techniques, and instruction selection for virtual machines and different microprocessors, including the x86 microprocessor. I have also done work in the area of constraint-based program analyses.


I have taught a large number of courses, including general introductory courses on programming, on web-programming and databases, and courses on more advanced classes related to parallel programming, program analysis, and program optimisation.

I have supervised a high number of M.Sc. thesis students, B.Sc. thesis students, and other projects. The projects have covered blockchain technology, compiler technology, type systems, and the development, documentation, and testing of Web-based and traditional GUI-style, database-enabled, systems in Java, C#, PHP, TCL, Haskell, and Standard ML. I am currently supervising two Ph.D. students within areas coverered by HIPERFIT. One PhD student has graduated.

Organisational Work

From May 2009 to 2012, I worked as Team Leader in the Instrument Modeling Language team at SimCorp. From August 2007 to May 2008, I served as the head of the international technical ITU program Software Development and Technology. From November 2003 to January 2005, I served as Head of the ITU Internet and Software Technology Study Program. During 2004, I have attended a management course at SHL Denmark. During the educational year 2001-2002, I have attended a pedagogical education program for assistant professors at KVL, in addition to a course on project supervision. I have been a co-organiser of the DIKU International Summer School on Region-Based Memory Management, August 18-22, 1997, held at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. I have reviewed papers for a series of conferences, workshops, and journals, including PLDI’96, PLILP’96, IFL’97, POPL’97, SAS’97, PLDI’99, ESOP’01, ESOP’03, HOSC, JFP, and TOPLAS. I have served on the programme committees for the 2008 International Conference on Compiler Construction (CC’08), the 2007 Nordic Workshop on Secure IT Systems (NordSec’07), the 2005 ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on ML (ML’05), held in Tallinn, Estonia, September 2005, on ARRAY’2017, and on ICFP’18. I have also served as programme co-chair for the 2006 ACM Workshop on Semantics, Program Analysis, and Computing Environments for Memory Management (SPACE’06), held in South Carolina, January 2006 and for the 2016 ACM SIGPLAN 3rd International Workshop on Libraries, Languages and Compilers for Programming (ARRAY’2016).

Full CV

For a publication list and a full cv, please consult Most publications (except Journal papers) are available online.