Roberto Di Cosmo reveals the motivations behind the launch of Software Heritage, a project that has archived more than 3 billion unique source code files and 650 million unique commits.
Roberto Di Cosmo became full professor in Computer Science at University Paris Diderot, after teaching for almost a decade at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He is currently on leave at Inria to lead the Software Heritage project.
His research interests span a wide spectrum from the semantics of programming languages, type systems, rewriting and linear logic to functional programming, parallel and distributed programming. He focus now on new scientific problems posed by the general adoption of Free Software, with a particular focus on static analysis of large software collections, that were at the core of the european reseach project Mancoosi that he successfully led from 2008 to 2012.
Following the evolution of our society under the impact of IT with great interest, he is a long term Free Software advocate, contributing to its adoption since 1998 with the best-seller book Hijacking the world, seminars, articles and software. He has created the Free Software thematic group of Systematic in October 2007, which has helped fund over 40 research and development projects since then.
He is now director of IRILL, a research structure dedicated to Free and Open Source Software quality.