Me explaining the Unix Game to visitors at Bell Labs’ Unix50 event, October 2019
You’ve reached the blog of Tom Van Cutsem. I’m an associate professor of Computer Science at KU Leuven, within the DistriNet research group of the Computer Science department. My research interests are secure distributed computing, decentralized systems and smart contracts.
I am also a scientific advisor to Bell Labs, the research arm of Nokia (yes, that Bell Labs). Prior to (re)joining academia, I led the Software Systems research department at Bell Labs, focusing on trusted data sharing and AI pair programming solutions.
Prior to joining Bell Labs, I was a CS professor at the Software Languages Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. I also did my doctoral research there on AmbientTalk, a distributed programming language designed for mobile ad hoc networks, which got featured in MIT Technology Review.
I’m passionate about getting young people exposed to the art of programming. I’m the creator of The Unix Game, a coding game I built at Bell Labs on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Unix. I’ve also been quite active in organizing programming contests: I was a jury member and organizer of the Flemish Programmign Contest, a regional ACM ICPC-inspired programming contest for students and professionals. For a time I was also a jury member of the Belgian Olympiad in Informatics.
I’ve been inspired the most by the following language designers: