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Workshop on Applied Category Theory: Bridging Theory and Practice



Spencer J. Breiner, Blake S. Pollard, Eswaran Subrahmanian


This report presents the summary of a workshop held at NIST on March 15-16, 2018 on the topic of applied category theory (ACT). The meeting had two main goals: (i) mapping the current ACT landscape and (ii) developing a roadmap for transitioning the field to concrete applications. The report is broken into six sections detailing different aspects relevant to the development of ACT: community development, domain-specific applications, pedagogy, tool support, marketing and funding. Each section contains a discussion of the current state of the field, identifies major goals and challenges in that area, and considers potential strategies and tactics to address them, along with a prospective timeline for future developments.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1249
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Applied category theory


Breiner, S. , Pollard, B. and Subrahmanian, E. (2020), Workshop on Applied Category Theory: Bridging Theory and Practice, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created February 7, 2020, Updated May 4, 2021