Martin Odersky is a founder of Typesafe and a professor at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is best known as the inventor of the Scala programming language. His research interests cover fundamental as well as applied aspects of programming languages. The main focus of his work lies in the integration of object-oriented and functional programming in general and on the further development of Scala in particular. He has also influenced the development of Java as a co-designer of Java generics and as the original author of the current javac reference compiler.