HKU PL Group

We are a group of programming language researchers who study topics about functional language design, type theory, compilers and program analysis.
The University of Hong Kong

Type Inference with Rank-1 Restriction


Type Inference plays an important role in modern programming language design, as the functional programming style is accepted by more and more programmers. Unfortunately, full type inference on System F is undecidable, being an impredicative and higher-rank system. In practice, predicativity and rank-1 are reasonable restrictions that are adopted by most of the programming languages (the ML family, Haskell, etc.).

Our previous work (ICFP 2019) proposes an algorithm that completely infers types in a predicative higher-rank type system without the support to the top type (object-oriented subtyping). In this seminar talk, I will introduce a new predicative subtyping algorithm that supports the top type with the rank-1 restriction.