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Fwd: The SIGPLAN Scheme Workshop

2002 Scheme Workshop
Thursday, October 3, 2002
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The workshop forms part of PLI 2002, which consists 
of the ICFP and PPDP conferences and other workshops.
Full details on the workshop can be found at URL

* Scope
The purpose of the workshop is to discuss experience with and future
developments of the Scheme programming language, as well as general aspects
of computer science loosely centered on the general theme of Scheme.

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. 

* Proceedings
The proceedings of the conference will be published as a Georgia Tech College
of Computing technical report. A special issue of the journal Higher-Order and
Symbolic Computation about Scheme <http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/1388-3690>
is planned afterwards.

* Important dates
- Submission deadline: 2200 UTC, 17 May, 2002
- Notification of acceptance or rejection: 28 June, 2002
- Final paper due: 31 August, 2002
- Workshop: 3 October, 2002

* Submission guidelines
Authors should submit a 100-200 word abstract and a full paper by 22:00
Universal Coordinated Time on Thursday, 17 May, 2002. (Note that 2200
UTC is 1800 EDT, or 1500 PDT.)

Submissions will be carried out electronically via the Web, at
<http://scheme2002.ccs.neu.edu/>. 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 program chair at least one week before the

There are two classes of submissions: reular 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.

* Organisers

Workshop chair:
    Olin Shivers
    College of Computing
    Georgia Tech
    Atlanta, Ga 30332-0280 
    +1 404 385.00.91

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)

Program committee:
    Alan Bawden (Brandeis)
    Olivier Danvy (University of Aarhus)
    Richard Kelsey (Ember, Corp.)
    Brad Lucier (Purdue University)
    Paul Steckler (Northeastern University)
    Andrew Wright (Aleris)

    Shriram Krishnamurthi (Brown University)