International Conference on Functional Programming

Call for Papers
ICFP 2003
Affiliated with PLI 2003
August 25-29, 2003
Uppsala, Sweden

Important dates

Submission deadline  18:00 EST 29 March, 2003 (Saturday)
Notification of acceptance or rejection  19 May, 2003
Final paper due  16 June, 2003
Conference  25-29 August, 2003


ICFP 2003 seeks original papers on the full spectrum of the art, science, and practice of functional programming. The conference invites submissions on all topics ranging from principles to practice, from foundations to features, and from abstraction to application. The scope covers all languages that encourage programming with functions, including both purely applicative and imperative languages, as well as languages that support objects and concurrency. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

formal semantics, lambda calculus, type theory, monads, continuations, control, state, effects.
Algorithms and data structures, modules and type systems, concurrency and distribution, components and composition, relations to object-oriented and logic programming, multiparadigm programming.
abstract machines, compile-time and run-time optimization, just-in-time compilers, memory management. Interfaces to foreign functions, services, components and low-level machine resources.
Transformation and analysis
abstract interpretation, partial evaluation, program transformation, theorem proving, specification and verification.
Software development techniques for functional programming
design patterns, specification, verification and validation, debugging, test generation, tracing and profiling.
Applications and domain-specific languages
systems programming, scientific and numerical computing, symbolic computing and artificial intelligence, systems programming, databases, graphical user interfaces, multimedia programming, application scripting, system administration, distributed-systems construction, web programming.
Practice and experience
functional programming in education and industry, ramifications on other paradigms and computing disciplines.
Functional pearls
elegant, instructive examples of functional programming.
Papers in the latter three categories need not necessarily report original research results; they may instead, for example, report practical experience that will be useful to others, re-usable programming idioms, or elegant new ways of approaching a problem. The key criterion for such a paper is that it makes a contribution from which other practitioners can benefit. It is not enough simply to describe a program!

Submission guidelines

Due date & time: Submissions must be filed at the web site by 18:00 EST on Saturday 29 March. Some convenient equivalents to 18:00 EST are

For other time-zones/locations, see

Submission URL:

Authors should submit a 100-200 word abstract and a full paper by 23:00 Universal Coordinated Time on Saturday, 29 March, 2003. Submissions should be no more than 12 pages (including bibliography and appendices) in standard ACM conference format: two columns, nine-point font on a ten-point baseline, with pages 20pc (3.33in) wide and 54pc (9in) tall, with a column gutter of 2pc (0.33in). Detailed formatting guidelines are available at, along with formatting templates or style files for LaTeX, Word Perfect, and Word. You don't need to include categories, keywords, etc., though you are welcome to do so. Also, note that the ACM copyright notice is not required of submissions, only of accepted papers.

Authors wishing to supply additional material to the reviewers beyond the 12-page limit can do so in clearly marked appendices, on the understanding that reviewers are not required to read the appendices. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be considered. The submission deadline and length above are firm.

Submissions will be carried out electronically via the Web, at the URL given above. Papers must be submitted in either PDF format, or as PostScript documents that are interpretable by Ghostscript, and they must be printable on US Letter sized paper. Individuals for which this requirement is a hardship should contact the program chair at least one week before the deadline.

Submitted papers must have content that has not previously been published in other conferences or refereed venues; simultaneous submission to other conferences or refereed venues is unacceptable. Each paper should explain its contributions in both general and technical terms, clearly identifying what has been accomplished, saying why it is significant, and comparing it with previous work. Authors should strive to make the technical content of their papers understandable to a broad audience.

Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign the ACM copyright form. Proceedings will be published by ACM Press.

Student Attendees

Students who have a paper accepted for the conference are offered student membership of SIGPLAN free for one year. As members of SIGPLAN they may apply for travel fellowships from the PAC fund.

Conference Chair

Colin Runciman
University of York, UK

Program Chair

Olin Shivers
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Ga. 30332-0280, USA
shivers at
Phone: +1 404 385.00.91
Fax: +1 404 383.12.53

Program Committee

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Change log

Added program committee; revised submission deadline from 3/20 to 3/29; updated student travel-fellowship information.
March 29 is Saturday, not Thursday. (March 20 is a Thursday.)
Added Andrew Wright to PC list.
Added URLs for accessing the CFP in various formats.