4th ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modelling and Design

Call for Papers and Demos (closed)

Nara, Japan, 24 September, 2016

The ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modelling and Design (FARM) gathers together people who are harnessing functional techniques in the pursuit of creativity and expression.

Functional Programming has emerged as a mainstream software development paradigm, and its artistic and creative use is booming. A growing number of software toolkits, frameworks and environments for art, music and design now employ functional programming languages and techniques. FARM is a forum for exploration and critical evaluation of these developments, for example to consider potential benefits of greater consistency, tersity, and closer mapping to a problem domain.

FARM encourages submissions from across art, craft and design, including textiles, visual art, music, 3D sculpture, animation, GUIs, video games, 3D printing and architectural models, choreography, poetry, and even VLSI layouts, GPU configurations, or mechanical engineering designs. Theoretical foundations, language design, implementation issues, and applications in industry or the arts are all within the scope of the workshop. The language used need not be purely functional (“mostly functional” is fine), and may be manifested as a domain specific language or tool. Moreover, submissions focusing on questions or issues about the use of functional programming are within the scope.


We welcome submissions from academic, professional, and independent programmers and artists.

Submissions are invited in three categories:

Original papers

We solicit original papers in the following categories:

All submissions must propose an original contribution to the FARM theme. FARM 2016 is an interdisciplinary conference, so a wide range of approaches are encouraged.

An original paper should have 5 to 12 pages, be in portable document format (PDF), using the ACM SIGPLAN style guidelines and use the ACM SIGPLAN template.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the FARM 2016 proceedings. See http://authors.acm.org/main.cfm for information on the options available to authors. Authors are encouraged to submit auxiliary material for publication along with their paper (source code, data, videos, images, etc.); authors retain all rights to the auxiliary material.

Demo proposals

Demo proposals should describe a demonstration to be given at the FARM workshop and its context, connecting it with the themes of FARM. A demo could be in the form of a short (10-20 minute) tutorial, presentation of work-in-progress, an exhibition of some work, or even a performance. Demo proposals should be in plain text, HTML or Markdown format, and not exceed 2000 words. A demo proposal should be clearly marked as such, by prepending Demo Proposal: to the title.

Demo proposals will be published on the FARM website. A summary of the demo performances will also be published as part of the conference proceedings, to be prepared by the program chair.

Calls for collaboration

Calls for collaboration should describe a need for technology or expertise related to the FARM theme. Examples may include but are not restricted to:

Calls for collaboration should be in plain text, HTML or Markdown format, and not exceed 5000 words. A call for collaboration should be clearly marked as such, by prepending Call for Collaboration: to the title.

Calls for collaboration will be published on the FARM website.

Calls for Performances

There is a separate Call for Performances!

Submission is via EasyChair:


Authors take note

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.


If you have any questions about what type of contributions that might be suitable, or anything else regarding submission or the workshop itself, please contact the organisers at:


All presentations at FARM 2016 will be recorded. Permission to publish the resulting video (in all probability on YouTube, along with the videos of ICFP itself and the other ICFP-colocated events) will be requested on-site.

Key Dates:

Submission deadlineJune 24
Author Notification 15 July
Camera Ready 31 July
Workshop September 24, 2016

Code of Conduct

FARM adheres to ICFP 2016’s Code of Conduct.

Workshop Organisation

Workshop Chair: David Janin, University of Bordeaux

Program Chair: Mike Sperber, Active Group GmbH

Publicity Chair: Mark Santolucito, Yale (publicity chair)

Performance Chair: Renick Bell

Program Committee: