Commercial Users of Functional Programming Workshop Call for Participation

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Jim Grundy

Jul 22, 2008, 5:31:13 PM7/22/08
Commercial Users of Functional Programming Workshop (CUFP) 2008

Functional Programming As a Means, Not an End

Call for Participation

Sponsored by SIGPLAN
Co-located with ICFP 2008

26 September 2008
Victoria, Canada

Registration opens in late July through

Functional languages have been under academic development for
over 25 years, and remain fertile ground for programming language
research. Recently, however, developers in industrial,
governmental, and open source projects have begun to use
functional programming successfully in practical applications.
In these settings, functional programming has often provided
dramatic leverage, including whole new ways of thinking about the
original problem.

The goal of the CUFP workshop is to act as a voice for these users
of functional programming. The workshop supports the increasing
viability of functional programming in the commercial,
governmental, and open-source space by providing a forum for
professionals to share their experiences and ideas, whether those
ideas are related to business, management, or engineering. The
workshop is also designed to enable the formation and reinforcement
of relationships that further the commercial use of functional
programming. Providing user feedback to language designers and
implementors is not a primary goal of the workshop, though it will
be welcome if it occurs.


CUFP 2008 will last a full day and feature a discussion session
and the following presentations:

Don Syme (Microsoft)
Invited Presentation: Why Microsoft is Investing in
Functional Programming

David Balaban (Amgen)
Minimizing the Immune Response to Functional Programming at

Francesco Cesarini (Erlang Training and Consulting)
The Mobile Messaging Gateway, from Idea to Prototype to
Launch in 12 months

Jake Donham (Skydeck)
From OCaml to Javascript at Skydeck

Nick Gerakines (Yahoo)
Developing Erlang at Yahoo

Tom Hawkins (Eaton Corporation)
Controlling Hybrid Vehicles with Haskell

Bob Ippolito (Mochimedia)
Ad Serving with Erlang

Anil Madhavapeddy (Citrix)
Xen and the art of OCaml

Howard Mansell (Credit Suisse)
Quantitative Finance in F#

Jeff Polakow (Deutsche Bank)
Is Haskell ready for everyday computing?

David Pollak (Lift web framework)
Buy a Feature: an adventure in immutability and Actors

Gregory Wright (Antiope)
Functions to Junctions: Ultra Low Power Chip Design With
Some Help From Haskell

There will be no published proceedings, as the meeting is intended
to be more a discussion forum than a technical interchange.

See for more information, including
presentation abstracts and the most recent schedule information.

Program Committee

* Lennart Augustsson <lennart(dot)augustsson(at)gmail(dot)com>
* Matthias Blume <blume(at)tti-c(dot)org>
* Adam Granicz <granicz(dot)adam(at)intellifactory(dot)com>
* Jim Grundy(co-chair)<jim(dot)d(dot)grundy(at)intel(dot)com>
* Andy Martin <akmartin(at)us(dot)ibm(dot)com>
* Yaron Minsky <yminsky(at)janestcapital(dot)com>
* Simon Peyton Jones(co-chair)<simonpj(at)microsoft(dot)com>
* Ulf Wiger <ulf(dot)wiger(at)ericsson(dot)com>

This will be the fifth CUFP; see CUFP 2004 CUFP 2005, CUFP 2006,
and CUFP 2007 for information about the earlier meetings, including
reports from attendees and video of the most recent talks.

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