[Haskell] CUFP 2013: Call for Presentations

Simon Marlow marlowsd at gmail.com
Tue Mar 19 05:09:20 CET 2013

This CFP and the form for submitting presentation proposals can be found 
at:  http://cufp.org/2013cfp

          Commercial Users of Functional Programming 2013
                    Sponsored by SIGPLAN
                         CUFP 2013
                Co-located with ICFP 2013
                Boston, MA, United States
                        Sep 22-24
      Talk Proposal Submission Deadline: 29 June 2013

The annual CUFP workshop 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 work.
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 
workshop. We are looking for both experience reports and in-depth 
technical talks.

Experience reports are typically 25 minutes long (but negotiable), and 
aim to inform participants about how functional programming plays out in 
real-world applications, focusing especially on lessons learned and 
insights gained. Experience reports don't need to be highly technical; 
reflections on the commercial, management, or software engineering 
aspects are, if anything, more important.

Technical talks are also 25 minutes long (also negotiable), 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 

If you are interested in offering a talk, or nominating someone to do 
so, please fill in the form at the end of this page by 29 June 2013.

There will be a short scribes report of the presentations and 
discussions but not of the details of individual talks, as the meeting 
is intended to be more a discussion forum than a technical interchange. 
You do not need to submit a paper, just a proposal for your talk! Note 
that we will need all presenters to register for the CUFP workshop and 
travel to Boston at their own expense.
Program Committee

     Marius Eriksen (Twitter, Inc), co-chair
     Mike Sperber (Active Group), co-chair
     Mary Sheeran (Chalmers)
     Andres Löh (Well-Typed)
     Thomas Gazagnaire (OCamlPro)
     Steve Vinoski (Basho)
     Jorge Ortiz (Foursquare, Inc.)
     Blake Matheny (Tumblr, Inc.)
     Simon Marlow (Facebook, Inc.)

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. Presentations will be video taped and presenters will be expected 
to sign an ACM copyright release form. Acceptance and rejection letters 
will be sent out by July 16th.

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 setting?

     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 software 
development in the absence of a myriad of pre-existing support 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 spend time on 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 smoothly.

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