The Department of Computer Science & Engineering, MVJCE, organised a Guest Lecture on ‘Compiler Design’. The Guest Speaker was Dr. Muralikrishnan K, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, National Institute of Technology, NIT, Calicut, Kerala 673601.
The session was conducted at Seminar Hall 4, from 9.30 am to 12.40 pm, on 16th March, 2019.
The Lecture was attended by 48 students of the 6th Semester and 3 faculty members, all from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering.
Dr. Muralikrishnan K is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut. He has been associated with the Department since 1998. His research publications are in the areas of low-density parity check codes, structure of planar graphs and program analysis. His general interests include complexity, algorithms and coding theory. He is also interested in the design of open source software tools for undergraduate Computer Science education, and has designed open source tools for instruction in operating systems and compilers, at undergraduate laboratories.
Dr. Muralikrishnan completed B. Tech in Computer Engineering with first rank, from Cochin University of Science and Technology, in 1996. He completed M. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1998, and Ph. D from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 2008. His Ph. D thesis, on the theory of error correcting codes, was awarded the Best Thesis of the Year, 2008, by the Department of Computer Science and Automation, IISc., Bangalore.
Dr. Muralikrishnan has also served as a member of the governing council of NIT Calicut, during 2011-2013.
The lecture started with a brief introduction of system software, and the differences between system software and application software. A Compiler was defined as a program that converts high-level language to a low-level language. Further, the following points that will set the stage for building a compiler for an experimental programming language to be run over a virtual machine, were elaborated:
By using all the above information, the compiler code generation and abstract syntax tree formation was taught, for basic programs like print, addition of two numbers and if-then-else structure, for evaluation of an arithmetic expression.
The lecture will certainly enable students to implement their own compiler for a simple procedural language, using a self-learning platform.