The 2012 Symposium on Trends in Functional Programming (TFP 2012) will be held at the University of St Andrews on June 12-14, 2012.

The Symposium will be co-located with a number of exciting events including a workshop on 75 Years of Lambda-Calculus, the first International Workshop on Trends in Functional Programming in Education (TFPIE), an Erlang Factory Lite, Haskell and SAC Hackathons, a Summer School on Dependent Types.

TFP 2012 is sponsored by Erlang Solutions Ltd. and the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)

Key Dates

March 26th, 2012         Submission of draft papers

April 4th, 2012             Acceptance of papers for presentation at the symposium

June 12-14, 2012       Symposium

July 9th, 2012             Submission of revised papers for final proceedings

Sept. 16th, 2012          Notification of acceptance into final proceedings

A Week of Functional Programming in St Andrews!

June 11                    International Workshop on Trends in Functional Programming in Education (TFPIE)

June 12-14               TFP 2012

June 14                    Technical workshop on Patterns for Multicore (ParaPhrase Project)

June 15                    Erlang Tutorials and Erlang Factory Lite

June 15                    Workshop on 75 Years of Lambda Calculus

A selection of revised papers will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science series

The EAPLS Best Paper Award for TFP'12 is sponsored by the European Association for Programming Languages and Systems.

Symposium Objectives

The symposium is an international forum for researchers with interests in all aspects of functional programming, taking a broad view of current and future trends in the area of functional programming. It aspires to be a lively environment for presenting the latest research results, and other contributions (see below), described in draft papers submitted prior to the symposium. A formal post-symposium refereeing process then selects a subset of the articles presented at the symposium and submitted for formal publication. Following the publications of the TFP 2010 (LNCS 6546) and TFP 2011 proceedings, the refereed proceedings will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

The TFP symposium is the heir of the successful series of Scottish Functional Programming Workshops. Previous TFP symposia were held in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 2003, in Munich (Germany) in 2004, in Tallinn (Estonia) in 2005, in Nottingham (UK) in 2006, in New York (USA) in 2007, in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in 2008, in Komarno (Slovakia) in 2009, in Oklahoma (USA) in 2010, and in Madrid (Spain) in 2011.  For further general information about TFP please see the TFP homepage .

Keynote Speaker

The keynote address will be given by Prof. David Turner, Professor emeritus at Middlesex University and at the University of Kent, inventor of Miranda, KRC and SASL, on the history of functional programming languages. David's talk can be found on YouTube. The slides can be found here. .

Scope of the Symposium

The symposium recognizes that new trends may arise through various routes. As part of the Symposium’s focus on trends we therefore identify the following five article categories. High-quality articles are solicited in any of these categories:

Research Articles:

leading-edge, previously unpublished research work

Position Articles:

on what new trends should or should not be

Project Articles:

descriptions of recently started new projects

Evaluation Articles:

what lessons can be drawn from a finished project

Overview Articles:

summarizing work with respect to a trendy subject

Articles must be original and not submitted for simultaneous publication to any other forum. They may consider any aspect of functional programming: theoretical, implementation-oriented, or more experience-oriented. Applications of functional programming techniques to other languages are also within the scope of the symposium.

Articles on the following subject areas are particularly welcome:

  1. Functional programming and multicore/manycore computing

  2. Functional programming in the cloud

  3. High performance functional computing

  4. Extra-functional (behavioural) properties of functional programs

  5. Dependently typed functional programming

  6. Validation and verification of functional programs

  7. Using functional techniques to verify/reason about imperative/object-oriented programs

  8. Debugging for functional languages

  9. Functional programming in different application areas: security, mobility, telecommunications applications, embedded systems, global computing, grids, etc.

  10. Interoperability with imperative programming languages

  11. Novel memory management techniques

  12. Program transformation techniques

  13. Empirical performance studies

  14. Abstract/virtual machines and compilers for functional languages

  15. New implementation strategies

  16. Any new emerging trend in the functional programming area

If you are in doubt on whether your article is within the scope of TFP, please contact the TFP 2012 program chair, Hans-Wolfgang Loidl.

Best Student Paper Award

TFP traditionally pays special attention to research students, acknowledging that students are almost by definition part of new subject trends. A student paper is one for which the authors state that the paper is mainly the work of students, the students are listed as first authors, and a student would present the paper. A prize for the best student paper is awarded each year.

Submissions and Draft Proceedings

Acceptance of articles for presentation at the symposium is based on a lightweight peer review process of extended abstracts (6 to 10 pages in length) or full papers (16 pages). Accepted abstracts are to be completed to full papers before the symposium for publication in the draft proceedings.

The submission must clearly indicate which category it belongs to: research, position, project, evaluation, or overview paper. It should also indicate whether the main author or authors are research students. Formatting details and submission procedures will be posted on this site as the submission deadline is approaching.

Symposium Organisation

Kevin Hammond              General Chair

Hans-Wolfgang Loidl       Programme Chair

Edwin Brady                    Local Arrangements

Vladimir Janjic

Programme Committee

Peter Achten Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Jost Berthold University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Edwin Brady University of St. Andrews, UK
Matthias Blume Google, USA
Clemens Grelck University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kevin Hammond University of St. Andrews, UK
Graham Hutton University of Nottingham, UK
Patricia Johann University of Strathclyde
Hans-Wolfgang Loidl (PC Chair) Heriot-Watt University, UK
Jay McCarthy Brigham Young University, Utah, USA
Rex Page University of Oklahoma, USA
Ricardo Peña Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Kostis Sagonas Uppsala University, Sweden
Manuel Serrano INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Mary Sheeran Chalmers University, Gøteborg, Sweden
Nikhil Swamy Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA
Phil Trinder Heriot-Watt University, UK
Wim A Vanderbauwhede University of Glasgow, UK
Marko van Eekelen Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
David Van Horn Northeastern University, USA
Malcolm Wallace Standard Chartered Bank, UK
Viktoria Zsok Eötvos Löránd University, Budapest, Hungary


2012 Symposium on Trends in Functional Programming