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Trends in Functional Programming in Education (TFPIE)

Welcome! The 2023 edition of Trends in Functional Programming in Education will be held on January 12th in Boston, Massachusetts at UMass Boston, Massachusetts in the United States, together with TFP which will be held on January 13-14, and in conjunction with POPL held January 15-21.

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 2023 will screen submissions to ensure that all presentations are within scope and are of interest to participants. After the workshop, presenters will be invited to submit revised versions of their articles for publication in the journal Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science (EPTCS).

TFPIE workshops have previously been held in St Andrews, Scotland (2012), Provo Utah, USA (2013), Soesterberg, The Netherlands (2014), Sophia-Antipolis, France (2015), College Park, USA (2016), Canterbury, UK (2017), Gothenburg (2018) and Vancouver (2019), Krakow, Poland (2020) and online due to COVID-19 (2021, 2022, with some talks from TFPIE 2022 also presented in person at the Lambda Days in Krakow, Poland).


TFPIE 2022 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
  • The pedagogy of teaching FP
  • FP and e-learning: MOOCs, automated assessment etc.
  • Best Lectures more details below

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.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: December 27th 2022, Anywhere on Earth
  • Notification: by December 30th 2022 (Note: earlier submissions will receive earlier response)
  • TFPIE Registration Deadline: TBA
  • Workshop: January 12th 2023
  • Submission for formal review: April 19th 2023, Anywhere on Earth.
  • Notification of full article: May 24th 2023
  • Camera ready: July 1st 2023

The Programme Committee

How To Submit

Potential presenters are invited to submit an extended abstract (4-6 pages) or a draft paper (up to 20 pages) in EPTCS style. The authors of accepted presentations will have their preprints and their slides made available on the workshop's website. Papers and abstracts can be submitted via easychair:

After the workshop, presenters are invited to submit (a revised version of) their article for review. The PC will select the best articles for publication in the Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science (EPTCS). Articles rejected for presentation and extended abstracts will not be formally reviewed by the PC.

Invited Speaker

Shriram Krishnamurthi "How to Plan Programs"

A lot of programming education focuses on programs. But when novices struggle with programming, a lot of their difficulty is not with the program per se. What else is there? What do we know about it? And how can we make their experience better? This talk surveys recent research in programming education, with a heavy dependence on functional programming.

How To Register

Registration includes attending both TFP and TFPIE and is done via TFP web page:

Registration and attendance are mandatory for at least one author of every paper that is presented at the workshop.

Only papers that have been presented at TFPIE may be submitted to the post-reviewing process.


Please attach your slides and a pdf of your pre-submission for the other participants to look at (or send them to: elenam at morris dot umn dot edu).

The conference will take place on the UMass Boston Campus in University Hall, 2nd floor, room 2110.

09:30 - 9:55 Breakfast

9:55 - 10:00 Welcome (Elena Machkasova)

Presentation session 1 (chair: Peter Achten)

10:00-10:30 Disco: A Functional Programming Language for Discrete Mathematics Brent Yorgey - Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, USA

Presentation slides

Draft paper

10:30 - 11:00 ProofBuddy: Acquiring Proof Competence with Friendly Assistance Nadine Karsten, Frederik Krogsdal Jacobsen, Uwe Nestmann and Jørgen Villadsen - Technical University of Denmark Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Presentation slides

Extended Abstract

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

Keynote (chair: Marco Morazan)

11:30 - 12:30 Shriram Krishnamurthi How to Plan Programs

Keynote slides

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

Presentation session 2 (chair: Jason Hemann)

14:00 - 14:30 Regular Expressions for Computer Science Students Marco Morazan - Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, USA

14:30 - 15:00 They Already Know the Syntax! Enzo Alda - Lakebolt Research, USA

Presentation slides

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break

Presentation session 3 (chair: Elena Machkasova)

15:30 - 16:00 How To Derive an Electronic Functional Programming Exam from a Paper Exam with Proofs and Programming Tasks Ole Lübke, Konrad Fuger, Fin Hendrik Bahnsen, Katrin Billerbeck and Sibylle Schupp - Hamburg University of Technology and University Medicine Essen, Germany

Presentation slides

Extended abstract

16:00 - 16:30 Mastering Functional Programming, Algorithms and Data Structures in OCaml, at Your Disposal Rui Barata and Simão Melo-de-Sousa - Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal

Presentation slides

All participants are welcome to attend all TFP events, including the excursion and the dinner on Sat Jan 14th.