CUFP 2014: Call for Presentations

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Edward Kmett

Apr 20, 2014, 2:42:21 PM4/20/14
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Commercial Users of Functional Programming 2014: Call for Presentations

     CUFP 2014
                           Gothenburg, Sweden
          Sep 4-6
     Co-located with ICFP 2014
Sponsored by SIGPLAN
   Talk Proposal Submission Deadline 27 June 2014
                Submission Form:

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're looking for two kinds of talks:

Experience reports are typically 25 minutes long, 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, 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

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 27 June 2014 via the form at 

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 a discussion forum than a technical

Nevertheless, presentations will be video taped and
presenters will be expected to sign an ACM copyright release

Note that we will need all presenters to register for the
CUFP workshop and travel to Gothenburg at their own expense.

Program Committee

    Edward Kmett (McGraw Hill Financial), co-chair
    Marius Eriksen (Twitter, Inc.), co-chair
    Ozgun Ataman (Soostone, Inc.)
    Tim Chevalier (AlephCloud)
    Derek Elkins (Now Business Intelligence)
    Matthew Might (University of Utah)
    Richard Minerich (Bayard Rock)
    Audrey Tang (Apple, Inc.)
    Jason Zaugg (Typesafe)

More information

For more information on CUFP, including videos of presentations from
previous years, take a look at the CUFP website at Note that presenters, like other attendees, will need
to register for the event. 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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