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23rd Symposium on Implementation and Application of Functional Languages (IFL 2011)
October 3-5, 2011
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas, USA

The Symposium returns to the US this year, hosted by the University of Kansas, in scenic Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence is a lively college town less than an hour from Kansas City and the Kansas City International Airport (MCI). The symposium dates are October 3-5, 2011.

The goal of the IFL symposia is to bring together researchers actively engaged in the implementation and application of functional and function-based programming languages. IFL 2011 will be a venue for researchers to present and discuss new ideas and concepts, work in progress, and publication-ripe results
related to the implementation and application of functional languages and function-based programming.

Following the IFL tradition, IFL 2011 will use a post-symposium review process to produce formal proceedings which will be published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. All participants in IFL 2011 are invited to submit either a draft paper or an extended abstract describing work to be presented at the symposium. At no time may work submitted to IFL be simultaneously submitted to other venues. Here we follow the ACM Sigplan republication policy:

The submissions will be screened by the program committee chair to make sure they are within the scope of IFL, and will appear in the draft proceedings distributed at the symposium. Submissions appearing in the draft proceedings are not peer-reviewed publications. After the symposium, authors will be given
the opportunity to incorporate the feedback from discussions at the symposium and will be invited to submit a revised full article for the formal review process. These revised submissions will be reviewed by the program committee using prevailing academic standards to select the best articles, which will
appear in the formal proceedings.

Invited Speaker

Bryan O’Sullivan, author of Real World Haskell, and co-founder of MailRank, Inc.


Bryan O'Sullivan is an Irish entrepreneur and software developer. His research interests revolve around programming languages and distributed systems. He has written several books on these subjects, including the Jolt award winner "Real World Haskell". As cofounder and CTO of MailRank, he has spent the past year introducing the worlds of Haskell and startup companies to each other.


One of the founding principles of the Haskell language is at risk: avoiding success is becoming difficult. We report on our experiences using Haskell in a variety of practical contexts, where most recently we have focused on creating fast, safe, beautiful code in the environment of an internet startup. We offer a few observations on how we approach writing code in Haskell; what has worked well for us; and where we think challenges remain.


IFL welcomes submissions describing practical and theoretical work as well as submissions describing applications and tools. If you are not sure that your work is appropriate for IFL 2011, please contact the PC chair at Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

language concepts
type checking
compilation techniques
staged compilation
runtime function specialization
runtime code generation
partial evaluation
(abstract) interpretation
generic programming techniques
automatic program generation
array processing
concurrent/parallel programming
concurrent/parallel program execution
functional programming and embedded systems
functional programming and web applications
functional programming and security
novel memory management techniques
runtime profiling and performance measurements
debugging and tracing
virtual/abstract machine architectures
validation and verification of functional programs
tools and programming techniques
industrial applications of functional programming

Paper Submissions

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit papers or extended abstracts to be published in the draft proceedings and to present them at the symposium. All contributions must be written in English, and should conform to the Springer-Verlag LNCS series format, and typically not exceed 16 pages. SIGPLAN double-column formatting will also be accepted for the draft proceedings only. The draft proceedings will appear as a technical report of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Kansas.

(We are more liberal with the draft proceedings, also accepting (for example) longer papers or SIGPLAN 2 column 12 page papers. For other formats contact the chair. For the consideration for the final proceedings, the 16 page LNCS format is required.)

Here is a link to the LNCS guide for authors

Here is a link to, for uploading papers.

Peter Landin Prize

The Peter Landin Prize is awarded to the best paper presented at the symposium every year. The honored article is selected by the program committee based on the submissions received for the formal review process. The prize carries a cash award equivalent to 150 Euros.

Important Dates

  • Presentation submission: August 15th, 2011 (extended to Aug 31st)
  • Notification of acceptance: August 19th, 2011 (within 24 hours of submission)
  • Early registration deadline: September 2nd (extended to September 16th, 2011)
  • IFL 2011 Symposium: October 3-5, 2011
  • Submission for (post) review process: November 30th, 2011
  • Notification Accept/Reject: February 7th, 2012
  • Camera ready version: March 16th, 2012

Program Committee

Torben Amtoft, Kansas State University
Francesco Cesarini, Erlang Solutions Ltd
Olaf Chitil, University of Kent
Eelco Dolstra, Delft University of Technology
Martin Erwig, Oregon State University
Andy Gill, University of Kansas (Chair)
Alwyn Goodloe, NASA
Jurriaan Hage, Utrecht University
Kevin Hammond, University of St. Andrews
Bill Harrison, University of Missouri
Ralf Hinze, Oxford University/Universität Bonn
James Hook, Portland State University
Garrin Kimmell, University of Iowa
Andres Löh, Well-Typed LLP
Rita Loogen, Philipps-University Marburg
Neil Mitchell, Standard Chartered
Rex Page, Oklahoma University
Rinus Plasmeijer, Radboud University Nijmegen
Sven-Bodo Scholz, University of Hertfordshire
Mary Sheeran, Chalmers
Satnam Singh, Microsoft Research
Walid Taha, Halmstad University
Simon Thompson, University of Kent
Geoffrey Washburn, LogicBlox

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