[Haskell-cafe] Haskell Symposium 2020 -- Call for Papers: Regular track & demos

Tom Schrijvers tom.schrijvers at cs.kuleuven.be
Tue Apr 14 08:01:43 UTC 2020

 ACM SIGPLAN                                              CALL FOR

                          Haskell Symposium 2020

                              New Jersey, United States
                            27--28 August, 2020



The ACM SIGPLAN Haskell Symposium 2020 will be co-located with the 2020
International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP).

Like last year, we will be using a lightweight double-blind reviewing
See further information below.

The Haskell Symposium presents original research on Haskell,
discusses practical experience and future development of the language, and
promotes other forms of declarative programming.

Topics of interest include:

  * Language design, with a focus on possible extensions and modifications
    Haskell as well as critical discussions of the status quo;

  * Theory, such as formal semantics of the present language or future
    extensions, type systems, effects, metatheory, and foundations for
    program analysis and transformation;

  * Implementations, including program analysis and transformation,
    static and dynamic compilation for sequential, parallel, and distributed
    architectures, memory management, as well as foreign function and
    component interfaces;

  * Libraries, that demonstrate new ideas or techniques for functional
    programming in Haskell;

  * Tools, such as profilers, tracers, debuggers, preprocessors,
    and testing tools;

  * Applications, to scientific and symbolic computing, databases,
    telecommunication, the web, and so forth;

  * Functional Pearls, being elegant and instructive programming examples;

  * Experience Reports, to document general practice and experience in
    education, industry, or other contexts;

  * System Demonstrations, based on running software rather than novel
    research results.

Regular papers should explain their research contributions in both general
technical terms, identifying what has been accomplished, explaining why it
significant, and relating it to previous work, and to other languages where

Experience reports and functional pearls need not necessarily report
academic research results. For example, they may instead report reusable
programming idioms, elegant ways to approach a problem, or practical
that will be useful to other users, implementers, or researchers. The key
criterion for such a paper is that it makes a contribution from which other
Haskellers can benefit. It is not enough simply to describe a standard
to a standard programming problem, or report on experience where you used
Haskell in the standard way and achieved the result you were expecting.

System demonstrations should summarize the system capabilities that would be
demonstrated. The proposals will be judged on whether the ensuing session is
likely to be important and interesting to the Haskell community at large,
whether on grounds academic or industrial, theoretical or practical,
social or artistic. Please contact the program chair with any questions
the relevance of a proposal.

Submission Details

Early and Regular Track

The Haskell Symposium uses a two-track submission process so that some
can gain early feedback. Strong papers submitted to the early track are
accepted outright, and the others will be given their reviews and invited to
resubmit to the regular track. Papers accepted via the early and regular
tracks are considered of equal value and will not be distinguished in the
proceedings. Although all papers may be submitted to the early track,
of functional pearls and experience reports are particularly encouraged to
this mechanism. The success of these papers depends heavily on the way they
are presented, and submitting early will give the program committee a chance
to provide feedback and help draw out the key ideas.


Submitted papers should be in portable document format (PDF), formatted
the ACM SIGPLAN style guidelines. Authors should use the `acmart` format,
the `sigplan` sub-format for ACM proceedings. For details, see:


It is recommended to use the `review` option when submitting a paper; this
enables line numbers for easy reference in reviews.

Functional pearls, experience reports, and demo proposals should be
labelled clearly as such.

Lightweight Double-blind Reviewing

Haskell Symposium 2020 will use a lightweight double-blind reviewing
To facilitate this, submitted papers must adhere to two rules:

 1. Author names and institutions must be omitted, and
 2. References to authors’ own related work should be in the third person
    (e.g., not “We build on our previous work …” but rather “We build on
the work of …”).

The purpose of this process is to help the reviewers come to an initial
judgment about the paper without bias, not to make it impossible for them to
discover the authors if they were to try. Nothing should be done in the name
of anonymity that weakens the submission or makes the job of reviewing the
paper more difficult (e.g., important background references should not be
omitted or anonymized). In addition, authors should feel free to disseminate
their ideas or draft versions of their paper as they normally would. For
instance, authors may post drafts of their papers on the web or give talks
their research ideas.

A reviewer will learn the identity of the author(s) of a paper after a
is submitted.

Page Limits

The length of submissions should not exceed the following limits:

Regular paper:      12 pages
Functional pearl:   12 pages
Experience report:   6 pages
Demo proposal:       2 pages

There is no requirement that all pages are used. For example, a
functional pearl may be much shorter than 12 pages. In all cases,
the list of references is not counted against these page limits.


Early track:
  Submission deadline:    20 March 2020     (Fri)
  Notification:           24 April 2020     (Fri)

Regular track and demos:
  Submission deadline:    15 May  2020      (Fri)
  Notification:           26 June 2020      (Fri)

Deadlines are valid anywhere on Earth.


Submissions must adhere to SIGPLAN's republication policy
(http://sigplan.org/Resources/Policies/Republication/), and authors
should be aware of ACM's policies on plagiarism
Program Committee members are allowed to submit papers, but their papers
be held to a higher standard.

The paper submission deadline and length limitations are firm.
There will be no extensions, and papers violating the length
limitations will be summarily rejected.

Papers should be submitted through HotCRP at:


Improved versions of a paper may be submitted at any point before the
submission deadline using the same web interface.

Supplementary material: Authors have the option to attach supplementary
material to a submission, on the understanding that reviewers may choose not
to look at it. This supplementary material should not be submitted as part
the main document; instead, it should be uploaded as a separate PDF document
or tarball.

Supplementary material should be uploaded at submission time, not by
a URL in the paper that points to an external repository.

Authors are free to upload both anonymized and non-anonymized supplementary
material. Anonymized supplementary material will be visible to reviewers
immediately; non-anonymized supplementary material will be revealed to
reviewers only after they have submitted their review of the paper and
the identity of the author(s).

Resubmitted Papers: Authors who submit a revised version of a paper that has
previously been rejected by another conference have the option to attach an
annotated copy of the reviews of their previous submission(s), explaining
they have addressed these previous reviews in the present submission. If a
reviewer identifies him/herself as a reviewer of this previous submission
wishes to see how his/her comments have been addressed, the principal editor
will communicate to this reviewer the annotated copy of his/her previous
review. Otherwise, no reviewer will read the annotated copies of the

Travel Support

Student attendees with accepted papers can apply for a SIGPLAN PAC grant to
help cover travel expenses. PAC also offers other support, such as for
child-care expenses during the meeting or for travel costs for companions of
SIGPLAN members with physical disabilities, as well as for travel from
locations outside of North America and Europe. For details on the PAC
see its web page (http://pac.sigplan.org).


Accepted papers will be included in the ACM Digital Library. Their authors
will be required to choose one of the following options:
- Author retains copyright of the work and grants ACM a non-exclusive
  permission-to-publish license (and, optionally, licenses the work with a
  Creative Commons license);
- Author retains copyright of the work and grants ACM an exclusive
  permssion-to-publish license;
- Author transfers copyright of the work to ACM.
For more information, please see ACM Copyright Policy
(http://www.acm.org/publications/policies/copyright-policy) and ACM Author
Rights (http://authors.acm.org/main.html).

Accepted proposals for system demonstrations will be posted on the
symposium website but not formally published in the proceedings.

Publication date: The official publication date of accepted papers is
the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital
Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the
conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any
patent filings related to published work.


Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to make auxiliary material
like source code, test data, etc.) available with their paper. They can opt
have these artifacts published alongside their paper in the ACM Digital
(copyright of artifacts remains with the authors).

If an accepted paper's artifacts are made permanently available for
retrieval in a
publicly accessible archival repository like the ACM Digital Library, that
qualifies for an Artifacts Available badge
Applications for such a badge can be made after paper acceptance and will be
reviewed by the PC chair.

Program Committee

Arthur Azevedo de Amorim Carnegie Mellon University
Manuel Chakravarty Tweag I/O / IOHK
Jan Christiansen Flensburg University of Applied Sciences
Youyou Cong Tokyo Institute of Technology
Pierre-Evariste Dagand CNRS
Anton Ekblad Chalmers University of Technology
Jurriaan Hage Universiteit Utrecht
Graham Hutton University of Nottingham
José Pedro Magalhães Standard Chartered
Clare Martin Oxford Brookes University
Andrey Mokhov Jane Street
Shin-Cheng Mu Academia Sinica
Nikolaos Papaspyrou National Technical University of Athens
Simon Peyton Jones Microsoft Research Cambridge
Norman Ramsey Tufts University
Exequiel Rivas INRIA
Tom Schrijvers (chair) KU Leuven
Martin Sulzmann Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

If you have questions, please contact the chair at:
tom.schrijvers at kuleuven.be

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