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Tom Van Cutsem

Antwerp, Belgium
Senior Researcher


PhD in Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2008 (Greatest distinction)
MSc in Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2004 (Greatest distinction)


I joined Bell Labs in February of 2014 as a Senior Researcher. Before that, I was a professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium where I specialized in research on the boundaries of programming languages and distributed systems. Prior to that, I was a post-doctoral fellow of the Flanders Research Foundation at the same university. In 2009, I spent 6 months at Google Research in Mountain View in the US, where I got involved in the standardization of the JavaScript programming language. Together with Dr. Mark S. Miller (Google), I designed the ECMAScript 6 reflection API. I received my PhD in Computer Science in 2008 from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel for my research on AmbientTalk, a distributed scripting language for mobile phones.

Research Interests

  • Distributed Systems & Controls
  • IoT/M2M
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Platforms