Bergen Language Design Laboratory (BLDL)

Language provides us with means of expressing ideas, as well as a vehicle through which ideas evolve.


The Bergen Language Design Laboratory is dedicated to experimenting with software concepts and providing these as tool-supported language constructs. The constructs can be in the form of targeted domain specific languages or embedded in full-fledged modelling, specification or programming languages. Such experiments requires both language tools and a formal basis for the constructs. The latter may significantly simplify the former.

Language experimentation is important in nailing down ideas for software concepts, and it also provides the means for gaining experience with these ideas in practice.

New ideas in this direction are needed to meet current challenges, e.g., safety issues for internet applications, clarity of business logic embedded in code, efficiency for high-performance applications, portability of software between multi-core and other architectures, quality of autonomous computing devices, and power consumption for computer game consoles.

The laboratory fosters an interaction between software development activities and language experimentation, in order to get feedback on how constructs function in practice - and also to get inspiration for new ideas.

BLDL's purpose is to do basic research and training of researchers in the design, implementation, description and specification of programming languages. Research areas include parsing, analysis, transformation, optimisation, and the design of novel language features.

To achieve these goals, BLDL will

  • educate students (bachelor, masters and PhD) in the areas of language engineering and use of modern language implementation and transformation technology,
  • cooperate with industry in solving engineering problems through the use of language technology and domain-specific languages, and
  • coordinate closely with international research partners through projects and exchange of staff and students.


Former Colleagues

Research Projects

Cooperating partners

BLDL is part of Department of informatics, University of Bergen. BLDL PhD students are part of the department's ICT research school.

David Butler
Limit Point Systems, Livermore, California, USA

Dr. Anne C. Elster
Computer and Info. Science, IDI/NTNU HPC Lab, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim, Norway

Dr. Helmer André Friis
IRIS - International Research Institute of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway.

Professor Paul Klint
SEN (Software Engineering) & SEN1 (Software Analysis and Transformation), Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ralf Lämmel
Software Languages Team, Universität Koblenz · Landau, Germany

Dr. Damian Rouson
Sourcery Institute, Berkeley, California, USA

Schlumberger Information Solutions
Schlumberger Norway Technology Centre, Norway.

Professor Mary Sheeran
Computer Science and Engineering Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Dr. Eelco Visser
The Software Engineering Research Group, Department of Software Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


EU COST Action IC0805: Open European Network for High Performance Computing on Complex Environments From 2009-05-07 to 2013-07-06.

ICT COST Action IC1305: Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing (NESUS) From 2014-03-28 to 2018-03-27.