A discussion of basic vs. applied research in the software domain and the creation of Erlang


By Erlang Central | Published: March 22, 2010



This talk will present some of the thinking behind the creation of the Computer Science Laboratory (CS Lab) at Ericsson – one of the technology oriented labs within Ericsson Research. It is at the CS Lab where a group effort in software research resulted in Erlang’s birth. The talk will describe some of the projects which lead to Erlang, and when it  finally became mainstream within Ericsson, the OTP Erlang middleware project. It will conclude by describing how the technology transfer to the newly created Erlang/OTP unit happened.

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Speakers:

  • Bjarne Däcker

    Manager of the CSLab at Ericsson - the birthplace of Erlang

    Bjarne Däcker joined Ericsson in 1966 as programmer and systems analyst. In 1984 he set up the Computer Science Lab together with Mike Williams to explore, develop and introduce new software technology in Ericsson often in collaboration with university research. The CSLab pioneered things like Unix, A.I., Lisp, Prolog and workstations in Ericsson. Erlang was created at the CSLab by an initial team of Joe Armstrong, Mike Williams and Robert Virding. Bjarne organised the first Erlang User Conference in 1994. He has had various external committments such as chairman of the steering committee of the Swedish national research programme in Computer Science 1987-1992 and member of the Evaluation Committee of European Union's ICT-Prize. The CSLab was closed in 2002 in the IT crash. Bjarne holds a Technology Licentiate degree of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and was promoted to an Honorary Doctorate of Technology at Linköping University in 1993. He is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of the Engineering Sciences.

    Bjarne Däcker


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