[uk-lispers] Call for Presentations: Commercial Users of Functional Programming Workshop (CUFP) 2009

Nick Levine ndl at ravenbrook.com
Tue Mar 3 13:55:54 GMT 2009

   Commercial Users of Functional Programming Workshop (CUFP) 2009

            Functional Programming As a Means, Not an End

                       Call for Presentations

                        Sponsored by SIGPLAN
                      Co-located with ICFP 2009

                Edinburgh, Scotland, 4 September 2009

               Presentation proposals due 15 May 2009


   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

Speaking at CUFP

   If you use functional programming as a means, rather than as an
   end, we invite you to offer to give a talk at the workshop.
   Alternatively, if you know someone who would give a good talk,
   please nominate them!

   Talks are typically 25 minutes long, but can be shorter. They
   aim to inform participants about how functional programming
   played out in real-world applications, focusing especially on
   the re-usable lessons learned, or insights gained. Your talk
   does not need to be highly technical; for this audience,
   reflections on the commercial, management, or software
   engineering aspects are, if anything, more important. You do
   not need to submit a paper!

   If you are interested in offering a talk, or nominating someone 
   to do so, send an e-mail to francesco(at)erlang-consulting(dot)com 
   or jim(dot)d(dot)grundy(at)intel(dot)com by 15 May 2009 with a
   short description of what you'd like to talk about or what you
   think your nominee should give a talk about. Such descriptions
   should be about one page long.

Program Plans

   CUFP 2009 will last a full day and feature a keynote
   presentation from Bryan O'Sullivan, co-author of Real World
   Haskell. The program will also include a mix of presentations
   and discussion sessions. Topics will range over a wide area,
     * Case studies of successful and unsuccessful uses of functional
     * Business opportunities and risks from using functional languages;
     * Enablers for functional language use in a commercial setting;
     * Barriers to the adoption of functional languages, and
     * Mitigation strategies for overcoming limitations of functional 

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

   This will be the sixth CUFP, for more information - including 
   reports from attendees of previous events and video of recent 
   talks - see the workshop web site: http://cufp.galois.com/

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