Higher-order, Typed, Inferred, Strict: ACM SIGPLAN ML Family Workshop
Thursday September 22, 2016, Nara, Japan
ML is a very large family of programming languages that includes Standard ML, OCaml, F#, SML#, Manticore, MetaOCaml, JoCaml, Alice ML, Dependent ML, Flow Caml, and many others. All ML languages share several fundamental traits, besides a good deal of syntax. They are higher-order, strict, mostly pure, and typed, with algebraic and other data types. Their type systems are derived from Hindley-Milner. The development of these languages has inspired a significant body of computer science research and influenced the design of many other programming languages, including Haskell, Scala and Clojure, Rust, ATS and many others.
ML workshops have been held in affiliation with ICFP continuously since 2005. This workshop specifically aims to recognise the entire extended ML family and to provide a forum for presenting and discussing common issues, both practical (compilation techniques, implementations of concurrency and parallelism, programming for the Web) and theoretical (fancy types, module systems, metaprogramming). The scope of the workshop includes all aspects of the design, semantics, theory, application, implementation, and teaching of the members of the ML family. We also encourage presentations from related languages (such as Scala, Rust, Nemerle, ATS, etc.), to exchange experience of further developing ML ideas.
The ML family workshop will be held in close coordination with the OCaml Users and Developers Workshop.
We acknowledge the whole breadth of the ML family and aim to include languages that are closely related (although not by blood), such as Rust, ATS, Scala, and Typed Clojure. Those languages have implemented and investigated run-time and type system choices that may be worth considering for OCaml, F# and other ML languages. We also hope that the exposure to the state of the art ML might favourably influence those related languages. Specifically, we seek research presentations on topics including (but not limited to)
Four kinds of submissions will be accepted: Research Presentations, Experience Reports, Demos and Informed Positions.
The ML 2016 workshop will continue the informal approach used since 2010. Presentations are selected from submitted abstracts. There are no published proceedings, so contributions may be submitted for publication elsewhere. We hope that this format will encourage the presentation of exciting (if unpolished) research and deliver a lively workshop atmosphere.
Each presentation should take 20-25 minutes, except demos, which should take 10-15 minutes. The exact time will be decided based on the number of accepted submissions. The presentations will likely be recorded.
ML 2016 is an informal workshop without proceedings. We are planning to publish a post-proceedings and to invite interested authors of selected presentations to expand their abstracts for inclusion.
The OCaml workshop is seen as more practical and is dedicated in significant part to OCaml community building and the development of the OCaml system. In contrast, the ML family workshop is not focused on any language in particular, is more research-oriented, and deals with general issues of ML-style programming and type systems. Yet there is an overlap, which we are keen to explore in various ways. The authors who feel their submission fits both workshops are encouraged to mention it at submission time or contact the Program Chairs.
Submissions should be at most two pages, in PDF format, and printable on US Letter or A4 sized paper. A submission should have a synopsis (2-3 lines) and a body between 1 and 2 pages, in one- or two-column layout. The synopsis should be suitable for inclusion in the workshop program.
Submissions must be uploaded to the
workshop submission website
before the submission deadline (
We are happy to announce the invited speaker for ML 2016: