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The 5th International Workshop on Trends in Functional Programming in Education, TFPIE 2016, will be held on June 7, 2016 at the University of Maryland College Park in the USA. It is co-located with the Symposium on Trends in Functional Programming (TFP 2016) which takes place from June 8 - 10.


The goal of TFPIE is to gather researchers, teachers and professionals that use, or are interested in the use of, functional programming in education. TFPIE aims to be a venue where novel ideas, classroom-tested ideas and work-in-progress on the use of functional programming in education are discussed. The one-day workshop will foster a spirit of open discussion by having a review process for publication after the workshop. The program chair of TFPIE 2016 will screen submissions to ensure that all presentations are within scope and are of interest to participants. Potential presenters are invited to submit an extended abstract (4-6 pages) or a draft paper (up to 16 pages) in EPTCS style. The authors of accepted presentations will have their preprints and their slides made available on the workshop's website/wiki. Visitors to the TFPIE 2016 website/wiki will be able to add comments. This includes presenters who may respond to comments and questions as well as provide pointers to improvements and follow-up work. After the workshop, presenters will be invited to submit (a revised version of) their article for review. The PC will select the best articles for publication in the journal Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science (EPTCS). Articles rejected for presentation and extended abstracts will not be formally reviewed by the PC. TFPIE workshops have previously been held in St Andrews, Scotland (2012), Provo Utah, USA (2013), Soesterberg, The Netherlands (2014), and Sophia-Antipolis, France (2015).



Submission Guidelines

TFPIE 2016 welcomes submissions describing techniques used in the classroom, tools used in and/or developed for the classroom and any creative use of functional programming (FP) to aid education in or outside Computer Science. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  FP and beginning CS students
  FP and Computational Thinking
  FP and Artificial Intelligence
  FP in Robotics
  FP and Music 
  Advanced FP for undergraduates
  FP in graduate education
  Engaging students in research using FP
  FP in Programming Languages
  FP in the high school curriculum
  FP as a stepping stone to other CS topics
  FP and Philosophy
  Best Lectures

In addition to papers, we are requesting “best lecture” presentations. What’s your best lecture topic in an FP related course? Do you have a fun way to present FP concepts to novices or perhaps an especially interesting presentation of a difficult topic? In either case, please consider sharing it. Best lecture topics will be selected for presentation based on a short abstract describing the lecture and its interest to TFPIE attendees.

Papers and abstracts can be submitted via easychair at the following link:

It is expected at at least one author for each submitted paper will attend the workshop.

Important Dates

  • Dates are prospective and will probably change*
         TBA     : Early Registration for TFP closes
   April 27, 2016: Submission deadline for draft TFPIE papers and abstracts
     May  3, 2016: Notification of acceptance for presentation
         TBA     : Registration for TFPIE closes - as does late registration for TFP
    June  7, 2016: Presentations in Maryland, USA
    July  7, 2016: Full papers for EPTCS proceedings due.

September 1, 2016: Notification of acceptance for proceedings September 22, 2016: Camera ready copy due for EPTCS

Submission of an abstract implies no obligation to submit a full version; abstracts with no corresponding full versions by the full paper deadline will be considered as withdrawn.

Program Committee

 Stephen Chang    at Northeastern University            in Massachusetts, USA
    Marc Feeley   at Université de Montréal             in Québec, Canada
Patricia Johann   at Appalachian State University       in North Carolina, USA
     Jay McCarthy at University of Massachusetts Lowell in Massachusetts, USA (Chair)

Prabhakar Ragde at University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada

   Brent Yorgey   at Hendrix College                    in Arkansas, USA