[Haskell-cafe] ICFP2008 Call for Papers

Matthew Fluet (ICFP Publicity Chair) icfp.publicity at googlemail.com
Mon Jan 21 10:53:22 EST 2008

                           Call for Papers
    ICFP 2008: International Conference on Functional Programming
              Victoria, BC, Canada, 22-24 September 2008
                  Submission deadline: 2 April 2008

ICFP 2008 seeks original papers on the art and science of functional
programming. Submissions are invited on all topics from principles to
practice, from foundations to features, from abstraction to
application.  The scope includes all languages that encourage
functional programming, including both purely applicative and
imperative languages, as well as languages with objects and
concurrency. Particular topics of interest include
  * Applications and Domain-Specific Languages: systems programming;
    scientific and numerical computing; symbolic computing; artificial
    intelligence; databases; graphical user interfaces; multimedia
    programming; scripting; system administration; distributed-systems
    and web programming; XML processing; security
  * Foundations: formal semantics; lambda calculus; type theory;
    monads; continuations; control; state; effects
  * Design: algorithms and data structures; modules; type systems;
    concurrency and distribution; components and composition;
    relations to object-oriented or logic programming
  * Implementation: abstract machines; compile-time and run-time
    optimization; just-in-time compilers; memory management; parallel
    hardware; interfaces to foreign functions, services, components or
    low-level machine resources
  * Transformation and Analysis: abstract interpretation; partial
    evaluation; program transformation
  * Software-development Techniques: design patterns; specification;
    verification; validation; debugging; test generation; tracing;
  * Functional Pearls: elegant, instructive, and fun essays on
    functional programming
  * Practice and Experience: novel results drawn from experience in
    education or industry. Experience Reports are also solicited,
    which are short papers (2-4 pages) that provide evidence that
    functional programming really works or describe obstacles that
    have kept it from working in a particular application.

Functional Pearls and Experience Reports are separate categories of
papers that need not report original research results and must be
marked as such at the time of submission. Detailed guidelines on both
categories are below.

What's different this year?
  * No double blind reviewing.

                       Instructions for authors

By Wednesday, 2 April 2008, 09:00 AM Apia time, submit an abstract of
at most 300 words and a full paper of at most 12 pages (4 pages for an
Experience Report), including bibliography and figures. The deadline
will be strictly enforced and papers not meeting the page limits are
summarily rejected. Authors have the option to attach supplementary
material to a submission, on the understanding that reviewers are not
expected to read it.

A submission will be evaluated according to its relevance,
correctness, significance, originality, and clarity. It should explain
its contributions in both general and technical terms, clearly
identifying what has been accomplished, explaining why it is
significant, and comparing it with previous work. The technical
content should be accessible to a broad audience.

Each submission must adhere to SIGPLAN's republication policy, as
explained on the web. Violation risks summary rejection of the
offending submission.

Proceedings will be published by ACM Press. Authors of accepted
submissions are expected to transfer the copyright to ACM. They may
have the option to have their presentation videotaped and published
along with the conference proceedings in the ACM Digital
Library. Video recordings will only be released at the consent of the
presenter, which is expressed by signing an additional copyright
release/permission form.

Submissions must be in PDF format printable in black and white on US
Letter sized paper and interpretable by Ghostscript. If this
requirement is a hardship, make contact with the program chair at
least one week before the deadline. ICFP proceedings are printed in
black and white. It is permissible to include color in a submission,
but you risk annoying reviewers who will have to decide if your final
paper will be understandable without it.

Papers must adhere to the standard ACM conference format: two columns,
nine-point font on a ten-point baseline, with columns 20pc (3.33in)
wide and 54pc (9in) tall, with a column gutter of 2pc (0.33in). A
suitable document template for LaTeX is available from SIGPLAN.

Submissions will be accepted electronically; the submission page is
not yet ready. The deadline is set at Samoan time, so if your
submission is in by 09:00 AM Wednesday according to your local time,
wherever you are, the submission will be on time. The world clock
can give you the equivalent in your local time, e.g.,1:00 PM Wednesday
in Seattle, 4:00 PM Wednesday in New York, and 9:00 PM Wednesday in

We recommend (but do not require) that you put your citations into
author-date form. This procedure makes your paper easier to
review. For example, if you cite a result on testing as ``(Claessen
and Hughes 2000)'', many reviewers will recognize the result
instantly. On the other hand, if you cite it as ``[4]'', even the
best-informed reviewer has to page through your paper to find the
reference. By using author-date form, you enable a knowledgeable
reviewer to focus on content, not arbitrary numbering of
references. LaTeX users can simply use the natbib package along with
the plainnat bibliography style.

Author response
You will have a 48-hour period, starting at 09:00 on 21 May 2008 Apia
time, to read and respond to reviews.

                     Special categories of papers

In addition to research papers, ICFP solicits two kinds of papers that
do not require original research contributions: Functional Pearls,
which are full papers, and Experience Reports, which are limited to
four pages.  Authors submitting such papers may wish to consider the
following advice.

Functional Pearls
A Functional Pearl is an elegant essay about something related to
functional programming. It might offer:
  * a new and thought-provoking way of looking at an old idea
  * an instructive example of program calculation or proof
  * a nifty presentation of an old or new data structure
  * an interesting application of functional programming techniques
  * a novel use or exposition of functional programming in the classroom

Functional Pearls are not restricted to the above varieties, however.
While pearls often demonstrate an idea through the development of a
short program, there is no requirement or expectation that they do
so. Thus, they encompass the notions of theoretical and educational

A pearl should be concise, instructive, and entertaining. Your pearl
is likely to be rejected if your readers get bored, if the material
gets too complicated, if too much specialized knowledge is needed, or
if the writing is inelegant. The key to writing a good pearl is

Some advice from Richard Bird:
  * Throw away the rule book for writing research papers.
  * Get in quick; get out quick.
  * Be self-contained; don't go deep into related work, with lengthy
  * You are telling a story, so some element of surprise is welcome.
  * Above all, be engaging.
  * Give a talk on the pearl to non-specialists, your students, or
    your department. If you changed the order of presentation for the
    talk, consider using the new order in the next draft.
  * Put the pearl away for a while, then take it out and polish it

Experience Reports

ICFP has long solicited submissions on the practice and experience of
functional programming. But reports of experience are inherently
different from research papers, and when judged by the criteria of
scientific merit, novelty, or research contribution, they have not
competed well against traditional ICFP submissions. Yet we believe
that the functional-programming community would benefit from being
able to draw on and cite the experience of others. For this reason, we
have introduced the ICFP Experience Report.

Unlike a normal ICFP paper, the purpose of an Experience Report is not
to add to the body of knowledge of the functional-programming
community.  Rather, the purpose of an Experience Report is to help
create a body of published, refereed, citable evidence that functional
programming really works---or to describe what obstacles prevent it
from working.

An Experience Report is distinguished from a normal ICFP paper by its
title, by its length, and by the criteria used to evaluate it.
  * Both in the proceedings and in any citations, the title of each
    accepted Experience Report must begin with the words ``Experience
    Report'' followed by a colon.
  * An Experience Report is at most 4 pages long. Each accepted
    Experience Report will be presented at the conference, but
    depending on the number of Experience Reports and regular papers
    accepted, authors of Experience reports may be asked to give
    shorter talks.
  * Because the purpose of Experience Reports is to enable our
    community to accumulate a body of evidence about the efficacy of
    functional programming, an acceptable Experience Report need not
    present novel results or conclusions. It is sufficient if the
    Report states a clear thesis and provides supporting evidence. The
    thesis must be relevant to ICFP, but it need not be novel.

The program committee will accept or reject Experience Reports based
on whether they judge the evidence to be convincing. Anecdotal
evidence will be acceptable provided it is well argued and the author
explains what efforts were made to gather as much evidence as
possible. Typically, more convincing evidence is obtained from papers
which show how functional programming was used than from papers which
only say that functional programming was used. The most convincing
evidence often includes comparisons of situations before and after the
introduction or discontinuation of functional programming. Evidence
drawn from a single person's experience may be sufficient, but more
weight will be given to evidence drawn from the experience of groups
of people.

Possible topics for an Experience Report include, but are not limited to
  * Insights gained from real-world projects using functional
  * Comparison of functional programming with conventional programming
    in the context of an industrial project or a university curriculum
  * Project-management, business, or legal issues encountered when
    using functional programming in a real-world project
  * Curricular issues encountered when using functional programming in
  * Real-world constraints that created special challenges for an
    implementation of a functional language or for functional
    programming in general

An Experience Report should be short and to the point: make a claim
about how well functional programming worked on your project and why,
and produce evidence to substantiate your claim. If functional
programming worked for you in the same ways it has worked for others,
you need only to summarize the results---the main part of your paper
should discuss how well it worked and in what context. Most readers
will not want to know all the details of your project and its
implementation, but please characterize your project and its context
well enough so that readers can judge to what degree your experience
is relevant to their own projects. Be especially careful to highlight
any unusual aspects of your project. Also keep in mind that specifics
about your project are more valuable than generalities about
functional programming; for example, it is more valuable to say that
your team delivered its software a month ahead of schedule than it is
to say that functional programming made your team more productive.

If your paper not only describes experience but also presents new
technical results, or if your experience refutes cherished beliefs of
the functional-programming community, you may be better off submitting
it as a full paper, which will be judged by the usual criteria of
novelty, originality, and relevance. If you are unsure in which
category to submit, the program chair will be happy to help you

                          Other information

Conference Chair
James Hook (Portland State University)

Program Chair
Peter Thiemann
Georges-Köhler-Allee 079
79110 Freiburg, Germany
Email: icfp08 at informatik.uni-freiburg.de
Phone: +49 761 203 8051
Fax: +49 761 203 8052

Mail sent to the address above is filtered for spam. If you send mail
and do not receive a prompt response, particularly if the deadline is
looming, feel free to telephone and reverse the charges.

Program Committee
Derek Dreyer (Max Planck Institute for Software Systems)
Robert Ennals (Intel Research)
Kathleen Fisher (AT&T Research)
Zhenjiang Hu (University of Tokyo)
Frank Huch (University of Kiel)
Andrew Kennedy (Microsoft Research)
Kevin Millikin (Google)
Henrik Nilsson (University of Nottingham)
Chris Okasaki (United States Military Academy)
Brigitte Pientka (McGill University)
Rinus Plasmeijer (University of Nijmegen)
Alan Schmitt (INRIA)
Chung-chieh Shan (Rutgers)
Mitchell Wand (Northeastern University)
Stephen Weeks (Jane Street Capital)

Important Dates (at 09:00 Apia time, UTC-11)
Submission:       2 April 2008
Author response:  21 May 2008
Notification:     16 June 2008
Final papers due:  7 July 2008

ICFP 2008 Web Site

Special Journal Issue
There will be a special journal issue with papers from ICFP 2008. The
program committee will invite the authors of select accepted papers to
submit a journal version to this issue.

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