About Me

I recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with Ph.D. studying programming languages with Steve Zdancewic. I am now a research/software engineer at Galois.


  • Linear/Non-Linear Types for Embedded Domain-Specific Languages
    Jennifer Paykin
    Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pennsyvlania, 2018
  • ReQWIRE: Reasoning about Reversible Quantum Circuits
    Robert Rand, Jennifer Paykin, Dong-Ho Lee, and Steve Zdancewic
    Quantum Physics and Logic, Halifax, Canada, June 2018
  • The Linearity Monad
    Jennifer Paykin and Steve Zdancewic
    Proceedings of the 10th ACM SIGPLAN International Haskell Symposium, Oxford, UK, September 2017
    [pdf]   [bib]   [slides]
  • QWIRE Practice: Formal Verification of Quantum Circuits in Coq
    Robert Rand, Jennifer Paykin, and Steve Zdancewic
    Quantum Physics and Logic, Nijmegen, Netherlands, July 2017
  • QWIRE: A Core Language for Quantum Circuits
    Jennifer Paykin, Robert Rand, and Steve Zdancewic
    Proceedings of the 44th ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL 2017), Paris, France, January 2017
    [pdf]   [bib]
  • Linear λμ is CP (more or less)
    Jennifer Paykin and Steve Zdancewic
    A List of Successes to Change the World, Edinburgh, UK, April 2016
    [pdf]   [bib]
  • A linear/producer/consumer model of classical linear logic
    Jennifer Paykin and Steve Zdancewic
    Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on LINEARITY, Vienna, Austria, July 2014.
    [pdf]   [tech report]   [bib]
  • A static cost analysis for a higher-order language
    Norman Danner, Jennifer Paykin, and James S Royer
    Proceedings of the 7th ACM SIGPLAN workshop on Programming Languages meets Program Verification (PLPV), Rome, Italy, January 2013.
    [pdf]   [bib]

Miscellaneous Drafts and Papers

  • choose your own derivative (Extended Abstract)
    Jennifer Paykin, Antal Spector-Zabusky, and Kenneth Foner
    Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Type-Driven Development (TyDe 2016), Nara, Japan, September 2016
  • The Essence of Event-Driven Programming
    Jennifer Paykin, Neelakantan R. Krishnaswami, and Steve Zdancewic
    Draft, April 2016
  • The many meanings of polarized proof theory
    Jennifer Paykin
    University of Pennsylvania Written Preliminary Examination (WPE) II, December 2015
  • Curry Howard for GUIs
    Jennifer Paykin, Neelakantan R. Krishnaswami, and Steve Zdancewic
    Off the Beaen Track, Mumbia, India, January 2015

Posters and Presentations

  • Preaching to the QWIRE: Verified semantics of quantum circuits
    Invited talk at QPL/MFPS, June 6, 2018
  • Curry-Howard for Callbacks
    ICFP Student Research Competition, September 4, 2015
    First place, graduate category
  • Logic, Categories, and Graphical User Interfaces
    Invited talk at Wesleyan University, April 21, 2015
  • A Linear/Producer/Consumer Model of Classial Linear Logic
    POPL student poster session, January 24, 2014


  • CIS 191, Linux and UNIX Skills (Instructor), University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2016
  • GEMS Computer Science Workshop, Summers 2014-2017
  • CIS 502, Analysis of Algorithms (Teaching Assistant), University of Pennsylvania, Summer 2015
  • CIS 160, Mathematical Foundations in Computer Science (Teaching Assistant), University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2014
  • CIS 500, Software Foundations (Teaching Assistant), University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2013
  • Discrete Mathematics (Teaching Assistant), Wesleyan University, Spring 2010

Professional Activities

  • I served on the program committee for TyDe 2017 and on the artifact evaluation committee for POPL 2018. I have also served as a reviewer or sub-reviewer for a number of journals and conferences, including JLAMP, POPL, JFP, JAR, PPDT, ESOP, and ICFP.
  • I am an organizer of CISTErs , a group for phd, postdoc, and faculty women in engineering at Penn.
  • I organized a reading group on category theory during the spring and summer of 2015.

Contact Info

Email: jpaykin (at) gmail (dot) com
Office: Levine 513