BoFs 2012

CUFP 2012 will again include Birds of a Feather sessions as in previous years. BoFs provide a place for our community to gather informally and reach consensus on matters of importance. Any CUFP attendee can propose a BoF session, and grab one of the spare rooms in the evening slots below. Attendance in the evening is open to all.

BoF sessions facilitate ad-hoc discussions and provide a place to gather and start off the chat, before moving on during the evening to a local restaurant or pub. There is no deadline for proposing a session, but we encourage you to do so at the earliest possible time to help us with planning and to publicize your proposed discussion. Attendees are also free to show up even if you have not confirmed, but again earlier confirmation will help us with planning.

The table below lists all the spare rooms and available times. To propose a BoF, please mail Ashish Agarwal (agarwal1975@gmail.com) with the following information:

  • Organiser contact name, email address and (optionally) cell phone number to get a hold of you on the day.
  • Number of attendees expected (to help plan room capacities).
  • Title of your discussion and a few sentences describing the topic, for posting below.
  • If you are willing to sponsor the BoF with some beer and snacks, that would also be appreciated, and you can include the sponsor's name.

If you just wish to attend a session, please also email Ashish Agarwal (agarwal1975@gmail.com) and you will be added to the attendee list so we can more easily account for numbers. You don't have to do this though; feel free to show up on the day!

Date Time Room Organiser Title
Fri 14 Sep 6pm-8pm 1st Floor - Christiana Room Ashish Agarwal FP in the Life Sciences
Fri 14 Sep 6pm-8pm 1st Floor - Christiana Room Tomas Petricek Teaching and Championing Functional Programming in the Real World

Note: CUFP Tutorials end at 5:30 PM, and the BoFs follow them after a 30 minute break. Rooms are available till 9:00 PM but we encourage you to wrap up by 8:00 PM and move the discussion to a more social setting.

Details

FP in the Life Sciences:

Organizer: Ashish Agarwal, on Fri 14 September, 6pm-8pm, 1st Floor - Christiana Room

Topic: Functional programming is making itself known in the Life Sciences disciplines, as evidenced by the several talks this year in ICFP and CUFP that regard the biology domain. Some people say that the 21st century will be the century of Biology as the 20th was about Physics. If so, a lot of work needs to be done! Let's discuss how we as a community can bring the efficiencies of FP to this important domain.

Teaching and Championing Functional Programming in the Real World

Organizer: Tomas Petricek, on Fri 14 September, 6pm-8pm, 1st Floor - Christiana Room

Topic: As functional programming becomes more wide spread, it is important to offer teaching programs to users and continue to champion FP methods to attract new users. Let's meet to discuss how this activities can be supported.