[plt-scheme] 2003 Scheme Workshop - Call for Papers

From: Matthew Flatt (mflatt at cs.utah.edu)
Date: Fri May 30 19:32:38 EDT 2003

                     2003 Scheme Workshop
                      Friday, November 7
                     Boston, Massachusetts

          co-located with the Lightweight Languages Workshop

                 -----  CALL FOR PAPERS  -----

The purpose of the 2003 Scheme Workshop is to discuss experience with
and future developments of the Scheme programming language ---
including the future of Scheme standardization --- as well as general
aspects of computer science loosely centered on the general theme of

Papers are invited concerning all aspects of the design, semantics,
theory, application, implementation, and teaching of Scheme. Some
example areas include (but are not limited to):

- Theory
    Formal semantics, correctness of analyses and transformations, 
    lambda calculus.

- Design critiques
     Limitations of the language, future directions.

- Linguistic extensions
     Scheme's simple syntactic framework and minimal static semantics
     has historically made the language an attractive "lab bench" for
     the development and experimentation of novel language features
     and mechanisms.

     Topics in this area include modules systems, exceptions, control
     mechanisms, distributed programming, concurrency and
     synchronisation, macro systems, and objects.

- Type systems
     Static analyses for dynamic type systems, type systems that
     bridge the gap between static and dynamic types, static systems
     with "type dynamic" extensions, weak typing.

- Implementation
     Compilers, optimisation, virtual machines, resource management,
     interpreters, foreign-function interfaces, partial evaluation,
     and generally implementations with novel or noteworthy features.

- Program-development environments
     The Lisp and Scheme family of programming languages have
     traditionally been the source of innovative program-development
     environments. Authors working on these issues are encouraged to
     submit papers describing their technologies.

- Education
     Scheme has achieved widespread use as a tool for teaching
     computer science.  Papers on the theory and practice of teaching
     with Scheme are invited.

- Applications and experience
     Interesting applications which illuminate aspects of Scheme;
     experience with Scheme in commercial or real-world contexts; use
     of Scheme as an extension or scripting language.

- Scheme pearls
     Elegant, instructive examples of functional programming.

     A " Scheme pearl" submission is a special category, and should be
     a short paper presenting an algorithm, idea or programming device
     using Scheme in a way that is particularly elegant.


The proceedings of the conference will be published as a University of
Utah School of Computing technical report.

 Important dates

  1 August, 2003    - Submission deadline (end of the day, UTC)

  5 September, 2003 - Notification of acceptance or rejection

 17 October, 2003   - Final paper due

  7 November, 2003  - Workshop

 Submission guidelines

Authors should submit a 100-200 word abstract and a full paper by the
end of Friday, 1 August Universal Coordinated Time. (The end of the
day UTC corresponds to 8:00 PM EDT, 6:00 PM MDT, and 5:00 PM PDT.)

Submissions will be carried out electronically via the Web, at


Papers must be submitted in 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 workshop chair at least one week before
the deadline.

There are two classes of submissions, regular papers and short papers:

- Regular papers

  Submissions should be no more than 12 pages (including bibliography
  and appendices) in standard ACM conference format: two columns, nine
  point font on ten point baseline, page 20pc (3.33in) wide and 54pc
  (9in) tall with a column gutter of 2pc (0.33in). 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. Suitable style
  files for Latex, Word, and Word Perfect can be found on the
  submission Web site.

  Submitted papers must have content that has not previously been
  published in other conferences or refereed venues, and 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.

- Short papers

  Short papers need not present novel research; it is sufficient that
  they present material of interest or utility to the Scheme or
  functional-programming community. "Scheme pearls" submissions
  should be presented as short papers.

  Short papers should be formatted with the same guidelines as regular
  papers, but are expected to be typically around six pages in length.


Workshop chair:

    Matthew Flatt
    School of Computing
    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112
    +1 801 485 6099
    mflatt at cs.utah.edu

Program committee:

    Robert Bruce Findler (University of Chicago)
    Erick Gallesio (University of Nice)
    Tim Hickey (Brandeis University)
    Mario Latendresse (FNMOC)
    Jeffrey Mark Siskind (Purdue University)
    Mitchell Wand (Northeastern University)

Steering committee:

    William D. Clinger (Northeastern University)
    Marc Feeley (University of Montreal)
    Matthias Felleisen (Northeastern University)
    Matthew Flatt (University of Utah)
    Dan Friedman (Indiana University)
    Christian Queinnec (University Paris 6)
    Manuel Serrano (INRIA)
    Mitchell Wand (Northeastern University)

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