I’m currently a PhD student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism at the University of Edinburgh.

I work on typed, communication-centric functional programming languages. I’m currently working with session types on the ABCD project, supervised by Sam Lindley and Philip Wadler. More generally, my research interests include programming languages, session types, dependent types, and functional programming.

In the past, I have been an intern at IntelliFactory, where I worked on WebSharper UI.Next. I did my MSc by Research at the University of Edinburgh, and my BSc at the University of St Andrews.


Feel free to get in touch: you can reach me at simon.fowler -at- ed.ac.uk or simon -at- simonjf.com.


  • (25th April 2018): From 1st May to 27th July, I will be an intern at OCaml Labs, working on compiling WebAssembly to the OCaml backend.
  • (25th April 2018): I will speak about Session Types without Tiers in the Special Session on Session Types at MFPS 2018 in Halifax, Canada.
  • (10th April 2018): Speaking about Session Types for Tierless Web Applications at the ProWeb workshop, co-located with <Programming> 2018 in Nice.

Recent Blog Posts



Conference and Workshop Papers

Dissertations and Project Reports


  • First-class Distributed Session Types, ICFP Student Research Competition, 2nd Place (Graduate Category)