The Software Languages Lab is a research lab within the Department of Computer Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The Software Languages Lab was founded in 2009 as a merger of the Programming Technology Lab and the System and Software Engineering Lab. The Software Languages Lab is currently headed by Prof. Dr. Theo D'Hondt, Prof. Dr. Viviane Jonckers, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang De MeuterProf. Dr. Elisa Gonzalez Boix and Prof. Dr. Coen De Roover

Broadly speaking, the lab is active in the design, implementation and application of better languages to support the software engineering life cycle. This includes programming languages, formal languages, design languages, meta languages, modeling languages, domain specific languages, etc. The Software Languages Lab covers all aspects of the research spectrum, including:

  • Design of languages (advanced modularity, distribution, concurrency, context, …)
  • Formal study of languages (type systems, abstract interpretation, static analysis, contract systems, …)
  • Efficient implementation of languages (virtual machines, parallelization, scheduling, …)
  • Tool support for languages (IDEs, debuggers, versioning tools, evolution support, refactoring, …)
  • Applications of languages (android applications, RFID‐enabled applications, web applications, embedded applications, city-ware, …)

Have a look at our research page for more details.

Latest News

<Programming> 2017

We are pleased to announce that Soft is organising the first edition of the <Programming> conference, which will take place from April 3 until April 6, at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
The <Programming> conference is closely associated with the open-access journal "The Art, Science, and Engineering of Programming". The...


This October the SOFT is co-organizing two workshops at SPLASH 2016:

Post-doctoral position in Programming Technology for Complex Concurrent Systems

The Software Languages Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium has an opening for a post-doctoral researcher in the field of concurrent programming within the context of the “Meta-level Engineering and Tooling for Complex Concurrent Systems“ FWO research project. The position is a full-time position for...

Three post-doctoral positions open until filled

We are welcoming applications for 3 vacant positions for post-doctoral researchers with respective expertise in formal aspects of programming languagessoftware analysis and tooling, or reactivity and event-based...