[Haskell-cafe] CUFP 2016 Call for Presentations

Alex Lang me at alang.ca
Fri Mar 18 21:46:21 UTC 2016

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CUFP 2016 Call for Presentations

Commercial Users of Functional Programming 2016
Sponsored by SIGPLAN
Co-located with ICFP 2016
Nara, Japan
September 22-24
Talk Proposal Submission Deadline: 24 June 2016

CUFP 2016 Presentation Submission Form: http://goo.gl/forms/gWDSoKfizW

The annual CUFP event is a place where people can see how others are using
functional programming to solve real world problems; where practitioners
meet and collaborate; where language designers and users can share ideas
about the future of their favorite language; and where one can learn
practical techniques and approaches for putting functional programming to


Giving a CUFP Talk

If you have experience using functional languages in a practical setting,
we invite you to submit a proposal to give a talk at the event. We're
looking for two kinds of talks:

Retrospective talks are typically 25 minutes long. Now that CUFP has run
for more than a decade, we intend to invite past speakers to share what
they’ve learned after a decade spent as commercial users of functional
programming. We will favour experience reports that include technical

Technical talks are also 25 minutes long, and should focus on teaching the
audience something about a particular technique or methodology, from the
point of view of someone who has seen it play out in practice. These talks
could cover anything from techniques for building functional concurrent
applications, to managing dynamic reconfigurations, to design recipes for
using types effectively in large-scale applications. While these talks will
often be based on a particular language, they should be accessible to a
broad range of programmers.

We strongly encourage submissions from people in communities that are
underrepresented in functional programming, including but not limited to
women; people of color; people in gender, sexual and romantic minorities;
people with disabilities; people residing in Asia, Africa, or Latin
America; and people who have never presented at a conference before. We
recognize that inclusion is an important part of our mission to promote
functional programming. So that CUFP can be a safe environment in which
participants openly exchange ideas, we abide by the SIGPLAN Conference
Anti-Harassment Policy (

If you are interested in offering a talk, or nominating someone to do so,
please submit your presentation before 24 June 2016 via the
CUFP 2016 Presentation Submission Form (http://goo.gl/forms/gWDSoKfizW)

You do not need to submit a paper, just a short proposal for your talk.
There will be a short scribe's report of the presentations and discussions
but not of the details of individual talks, as the meeting is intended to
be more of a discussion forum than a technical interchange.

Nevertheless, presentations will be recorded and presenters will be
expected to sign an ACM copyright release form.

Note that we will need all presenters to register for the CUFP workshop and
travel to Japan at their own expense. There are some funds available to
would-be presenters who require assistance in this respect.


Program Committee

Katie Ots (Facebook), co-chair
Alex Lang (Tsuru Capital), co-chair
Rúnar Óli Bjarnason (Verizon Labs)
Mark Hibberd (Ambiata)
Mirai Ikebuchi (Nagoya University)
Paul Khuong (AppNexus)
Carin Meier (Cognitect)
Kenji Rikitake (Kenji Rikitake Professional Engineer's Office)


More information

For more information on CUFP, including videos of presentations from
previous years, take a look at the CUFP website at http://cufp.org. Note
that presenters, like other attendees, will need to register for the event.
Acceptance and rejection letters will be sent out by July 15th.


Guidance on giving a great CUFP talk

Focus on the interesting bits: Think about what will distinguish your talk,
and what will engage the audience, and focus there. There are a number of
places to look for those interesting bits.

Setting: FP is pretty well-established in some areas, including formal
verification, financial processing, and server-side web services. An
unusual setting can be a source of interest. If you're deploying FP-based
mobile UIs or building servers on oil rigs, then the challenges of that
scenario are worth focusing on. Did FP help or hinder in adapting to the

Technology: The CUFP audience is hungry to learn about how FP techniques
work in practice. What design patterns have you applied, and to what areas?
Did you use functional reactive programming for user interfaces, or DSLs
for playing chess, or fault-tolerant actors for large-scale geological data
processing? Teach us something about the techniques you used, and why we
should consider using them ourselves.

Getting things done: How did you deal with large-scale software development
in the absence of pre-existing support tools that are often expected in
larger commercial environments (IDEs, coverage tools, debuggers, profilers)
and without larger, proven bodies of libraries? Did you hit any brick walls
that required support from the community?

Don't just be a cheerleader: It's easy to write a rah-rah talk about how
well FP worked for you, but CUFP is more interesting when the talks also
cover what doesn't work. Even when the results were all great, you should
spend more time on the challenges along the way than on the parts that went
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