a1 Programming Languages and Systems Group, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
a2 Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK (e-mail: email@example.com)
a3 School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The 15th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP) took place on September 27–29, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. After the conference, the programme committee, chaired by Stephanie Weirich, selected several outstanding papers and invited their authors to submit to this special issue of Journal of Functional Programming. Umut A. Acar and James Cheney acted as editors for these submissions. This issue includes the seven accepted papers, each of which provides substantial new material beyond the original conference version. The selected papers reflect a consensus by the program committee that ICFP 2010 had a number of strong papers that link core functional programming ideas with other areas, such as multicore, embedded systems, and data compression.