Rachit Nigam

Rachit Nigam Pronunciation: Ruh-CHITH NI-gum. First name rhymes with “crutch-it”. is a visiting researcher in the PLSE group at University of Washington and a PhD candidate studying computer science at Cornell University.

He is a part of the CAPRA and PL@Cornell research groups and is advised by Adrian Sampson. His research (Dahlia, Calyx) is focused on building high-level programming models for designing hardware accelerators. He previously worked in the PLASMA research group at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Arjun Guha.

Rachit started PLTea during PLDI ’20 in hopes of keeping social interactions alive during virtual conferences. PLTea has since been organized several times (PLDI ’22, ICFP ’21, SPLASH ’21, PLDI ’21) and has inspired spin-offs in other communities (ArchChat).

Jul ’22

Gave invited talks on Calyx at the MathWorks Code Generation Forum.

Jun ’22

Gave invited talks on Calyx at Xilinx research labs and Google.

Jun ’22

Presented Dahlia at PLDI 2022.

Apr ’22

Gave invited talks to Brown PLT and Northeastern PRL.

Mar ’22

Social chair for PLDI 2022.



Workshop & Short Papers


Aug ’22
Lies Academics Believe
PhD candidate looks into a mirror
Jan ’22
Dear Sir, You Have Built a Compiler
Sweetly addressed to those who did not want to build a compiler
Jan ’22
Personal Infrastructure for PhD Students
PhD candidate provides ways to procrastinate
Mar ’21
Commoditize the Complement of Your Research
PhD student espouses economic theories he does not understand.
Feb ’21
Languages, Tools, and Techniques for Accelerator Design
PhD student wants other people to solve his research.