The Fun of Programming
A symposium in honour of Professor Richard Bird's 60th birthday

Photo of Richard Bird
Photo by Ralf Hinze

Examination Schools, Oxford
24th and 25th March, 2003


Professor Richard Bird is well known for his contributions to functional programming: for his two textbooks, his "Functional Pearls" column in the Journal of Functional Programming, his work on synthesizing programs from specifications, his influence in the design of the language Haskell and its predecessors, and so on. This symposium is to celebrate Richard's work on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday.


The symposium will coincide with the publication by Palgrave of an eponymous book. This book is intended as much as a textbook for an advanced course in functional programming as it is a festschrift; its twelve chapters cover applications (pretty printing, musical composition, hardware description, graphical design) and techniques (the design of efficient data structures, interpreters for little languages, program testing and optimization) in functional programming. The contributors to the book will give short lectures at the symposium, and every participant at the symposium will receive a copy of the book.


The symposium will take place from 10.30am on Monday 24th March 2003 to 4pm on Tuesday 25th, in Oxford's historical Examination Schools. The registration fee includes participation, buffet lunch on both days, a formal dinner on the Monday night in Worcester College, and a copy of the book. There is a lower price for early registration; the capacity of the lecture room is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis, so early registration is recommended.

We are grateful for financial support from Microsoft Research.



For registration with an early-bird discount:
7th February 2003

For late registration:
7th March 2003


Further information


PDF poster:


FOP, c/o Sue Taylor, Oxford University Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD, United Kingdom.

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Jeremy Gibbons, December 2002.