Graduating PhD student Danfeng Zhang and Andrew Myers, along with collaborators Dimitrios Vytiniotis and Simon Peyton-Jones from Microsoft Research, received a Distinguished Paper Award from PLDI 2015 for their paper "Diagnosing Type Errors with Class", which describes effective localization of type errors in the rich type system of Haskell.

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