Local information

Conference venue

The conference will take place at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

The symposium will be held in room 1110 of the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building:

University of Maryland at College Park

Founded in 1856, UMD is the flagship public university of Maryland, serving over 37,000 students just outside Washington, DC

The campus is 1,250 acres (5.1 km2) and noted for its red-brick, Georgian architecture, large central lawn, and 400 acres (1.6 km2) of urban forest.

Functional Programming in the DC Region

The Washington, DC region is home to a large, thriving functional programming community. There are frequent meet-ups for FP languages and several authors of FP books are based in DC

The lab for Programming Languages at the University of Maryland (PLUM) is an active research group comprised of nearly 20 researchers with a strong emphasis on functional languages.

Within a four hour drive of UMD are researchers at CMU, Penn, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and many more.

DC is home to several national laboratories and funding agencies that use or support FP research.

Washington, DC

Washington, DC is the national capital of the United States. It is home to a number of national monuments, parks, museums, libraries, and the national zoo, all of which have free admission.

Getting to DC: By plane

DC is served by three major airports with many direct international flights:

  • DCA - Washington National Airport: Located near downtown Washington, DC, this is the most convenient airport to fly in to. It is located on the WMATA metro Yellow Line, which runs to UMD during peak hours, and requires only a single transfer to the Green Line during off-peak hours. International flights into DCA are pretty limited (but there are some).
  • IAD - Dulles International Airport: Located about 30 miles West of Washington, DC. this is the largest and most international airport in the region with direct flights to most major international hubs in the world. Travelling from Dulles to DC or College Park will require a long and expensive cab ride, a shuttle bus, or a somewhat convoluted trip on the WMATA public transportation system.
  • BWI - Baltimore-Washington International Airport: Located between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD, this airport is about 25 miles Northeast of College Park. It is a smaller airport, but include some carriers (such as Southwest Airlines) not available at DCA or IAD.

Getting to DC: By train

DC is in the "Northeast Corridor", one of the few regions of the US with frequent train service from Amtrak, which serves Washington Union station, located in downtown DC and on the WMATA metro Red Line. It is fairly pleasant to travel to DC from Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and points in between by Amtrak train.

On a more regional scale, Union Station is also served by the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) train .

Getting around DC

There is an excellent public transportation system and regional train system. There are many taxis available. Uber and Lyft operate in the region.

If you plan to use public transportation, you purchase a SmarTrip card, which are available for purchase at all Metro stations. The rechargeable card costs $10, but includes $8 of stored value (so the card itself only costs $2). Using a SmarTrip card reduces the fare of each trip by $1, so the card pays for itself with one round-trip.

Metro fares are based on distance travelled (and time of day), so you will need to use your card to enter and exit the system.

The city is compact, walkable, and bike-friendly. The Capital Bikeshare program makes it easy and convenient to navigate the city by bicycle.

There are several rental car companies in the area and also several car-sharing services such as Car2Go, ZipCar, Enterprise CarShare, and Hertz OnDemand. However, driving a car in the city is not advised.

Travelling to College Park from DC

College Park, Maryland is in the Washington DC area and accessible from DC by the Metro system.

Take the WMATA Green Line to the College Park–UMD station. During peak hours, the Yellow Line "rush plus" trains also service the College Park–UMD station.

From the College Park station, you can walk 1.3 miles (2.1km) to campus, or you can take the UMD Shuttle Bus #104, which boards in the lot to the West of the metro station. Exit the bus at the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, which is next door to the Computer Science Department in the A. V. Williams Building and across the street from the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building.

The summer schedule for the 104 is available here. You can also use the NextBus service to get real-time bus data.


There are several hotels within walking distance of the TFP venue.

Budget hotels ($75-100):

Midrange hotels ($100-150):

Hi-end hotels ($200+):

If you'd like to stay in Washington, DC, there are many hotels (they are, in general, more expensive) and AirBnB options. To easy travel to College Park, it is recommended you choose a location near a Green / Yellow line Metro station.

Where to eat in College Park

There are basically two areas with several restaurants within walking distance of the TFP venue: there's a row of restaurants along Route 1 (Baltimore Avenue) that is about a 5 minute walk away, and there's downtown College Park, which is about a 15 minute way.

Restaurants on Route 1, Baltimore Avenue

The Board and Brew, $$
Cafe with coffee, espresso drinks, craft beer, sandwiches, and small plates. Oh, and lots and lots of board games.
Sweetgreen, $$
Salads: "simple, seasonal, healthy salads and grain bowls made in-house from scratch, using whole produce delivered that morning."
Bobby's Burger Palace, $$
Burgers: gourmet burgers by celebrity chef Bobby Flay.
Shanghai Tokyo, $$
Pan-Asian style Chinese, Thai, and sushi.
Looney's Pub, $$
College bar with typical bar food menu. Expect lots of undergrads.
Town Hall, $
Townie dive bar (and liquor store). OK to bring in outside food. A PLUM Lab favorite. Cash only. (ATM sometimes works.)
Food Factory, $
Afghan food with a good buffet option. Better than the name suggests.
Pho D'Lite, $
South East Asian food with several pho dishes.
Hanami Japanese Restaurant, $$
Japanese dishes including sushi bar

Restaurants in downtown College Park

More to come soon.

Where to eat in DC

There are many great restaurants in DC that are easily accessible from College Park by metro if you'd like to have a more adventurous evening. Here are just a few options.

Jaleo, $$$
Spanish tapas by José Andrés in the heart of the Penn Quarter. On Green/Yellow Line between Gallery Place and Archives. Reservations recommended.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon, $$
2,390 bottles of Whisk(e)y on the wall. Take one down, pass it around. Closest metro is Dupont Circle on the Red Line.
Rose's Luxury, $$$
Highly sought out restaurant in Capitol Hill area. Expect a long wait. You might be able to make a reservation for a group of 6-8.

More to come soon.