Researcher suspended for claiming Python-based Mulan as self-developed-cnTechPost

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After admitting the programming language Mulan was false publicity, the Chinese researcher who developed the Mulan programming language was suspended.

Liu Lei, Mulan’s developer and a scholar from the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, was found to have made fake statements and his duty is now suspended, the institute said in an announcement posted on its website.

After preliminary investigation by the Scientific Research Ethics Committee, "Mulan" language is an integrated product for youth programming education developed by China Science and Technology Co., Ltd. founded by our employee Liu Lei, the institute said.

The development package of this product includes the Python open source compiler, but he claimed "full autonomy."

This behavior has the problem of scientific misconduct of deception and false statements, the institute said.

The following is the full statement of the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences:

The official website of the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences released the "Instructions on the Handling of" Mulan "Language Issues" on January 19, which reads as follows:

Recently, there have been online discussions questioning the language of "Mulan ". We have attached great importance to this situation.

After preliminary investigation by the Scientific Research Ethics Committee, "Mulan" language is an integrated product for youth programming education developed by China Science and Technology Co., Ltd. founded by our employee Liu Lei.

The development package of this product includes the Python open source compiler, but he claimed "full autonomy."

This behavior has the problem of scientific misconduct of deception and false statements. We have made a decision on suspension of inspection for the subject Liu Lei, and ordered the head of the compilation laboratory to conduct an in-depth review on management responsibility.

We are intensively conducting further in-depth investigations on this issue and will announce the results of the treatment as soon as possible as a precautionary measure to strengthen management.

We apologize for the adverse effects caused by this, and sincerely thank and sincerely accept the supervision and criticism from all walks of life.

Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

January 19, 2020

The release of Mulan has caused quite a stir in recent days, with the team saying they are committed to building it as the "C language for the intelligent IoT era."

However, shortly after the Mulan programming language was released, cnTechPost mentioned that some Zhihu users claim that it now looks like a simplified version of Python. The first version of ulang-0.2.2 was implemented directly with Python.

The said it was actually the Python language with a new appearance. It had the same icons and dialogs as Python, and provided the same functions as Python.

Many developers find that the unpacked Mulan language is actually built on Python, compiling the environment, packages, and projects built by Python into an executable file.

In addition, the Mulan open source software package was not found on the official website of the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and GitHub.

After facing numerous questioning online, Liu Lei, the head of the Mulan R&D team, responded on Saturday and apologized for his exaggerated publicity.

Liu Lei said that the Mulan programming language is designed around youth programming education, designing and developing products such as programming languages, compilers, and integrated development environments.