LINGUIST List 13.141

Mon Jan 21 2002

Calls: Grammatical Inference, General Ling

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  1. Pieter Adriaans, CFP: The 6th International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference
  2. MFUXJCRS, Calls: 11th Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics, Manchester,

Message 1: CFP: The 6th International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference

Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 21:02:14 +0100
From: Pieter Adriaans <>
Subject: CFP: The 6th International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference

ICGI-2002Call for Papers
The 6th International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference will be held
in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 11-13th, 2002


ICGI-2002 is the sixth in a series of successful biennial
international conferences on the area of grammatical inference.

Grammatical inference has been extensively addressed by researchers in
information theory, automata theory, language acquisition,
computational linguistics, machine learning, pattern recognition,
computational learning theory and neural networks.

This colloquium aims at bringing together researchers in these
fields. Previous editions of this meeting were held in Essex, U.K.;
Alicante, Spain; Montpellier, France; Ames, Iowa, USA; and Lisbon,


The conference seeks to provide a forum for presentation and
discussion of original research papers on all aspects of grammatical
inference including, but not limited to:

Different models of grammar induction: e.g., learning from examples,
learning using examples and queries, incremental versus
non-incremental learning, distribution-free models of learning,
learning under various distributional assumptions (e.g., simple
distributions), impossibility results, complexity results,
characterizations of representational and search biases of grammar
induction algorithms. Algorithms for induction of different classes
of languages and automata: e.g., regular, context-free, and
context-sensitive languages, interesting subsets of the above under
additional syntactic constraints, tree and graph grammars, picture
grammars, multi-dimensional grammars, attributed grammars,
parameterized models, etc. Theoretical and experimental analysis of
different approaches to grammar induction including artificial neural
networks, statistical methods, symbolic methods, information-theoretic
approaches, minimum description length, and complexity-theoretic
approaches, heuristic methods, etc. Broader perspectives on grammar
induction -- e.g., acquisition of grammar in conjunction with language
semantics, semantic constraints on grammars, language acquisition by
situated agents and robots, acquisition of language constructs that
describe objects and events in space and time, developmental and
evolutionary constraints on language acquisition, statistical modeling
of natural language, etc. Demonstrated or potential applications of
grammar induction in natural language acquisition, computational
biology, structural pattern recognition, information retrieval, text
processing, adaptive intelligent agents, systems modeling and control,
and other domains.


Pieter Adriaans, Perot Systems Corporation/University of Amsterdam,
Netherlands (Chair)
Dana Angluin, Yale University, USA
Dick de Jongh, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jerry Feldman, ICSI, Berkeley, USA
Colin de la Higuera, EURISE, Univ. de St. Etienne, France
Vasant Honavar, Iowa State University, USA
Laurent Miclet, ENSSAT, Lannion, France
G. Nagaraja, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
Arlindo Oliveira, Lisbon Technical University, Portugal
Jose Oncina Carratala, Universidade de Alicante, Spain
Rajesh Parekh, Blue Martini, USA
Yasubumi Sakakibara, Tokyo Denki University, Japan
Enrique Vidal, U. Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Takashi Yokomori, Waseda University, Japan
Menno van Zaanen, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Thomas Zeugmann, University at L´┐Żbeck, Germany


The conference will include oral and possibly poster presentations of
accepted papers, a small number of tutorials and invited talks. All
accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings. The
proceedings of ICGI-2002 will be published by Springer-Verlag as a
volume in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, a subseries
of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Prospective authors are invited to submit a draft paper in English
with the following format. The cover page should specify:

 - submission to ICGI-2002
 - title,
 - authors and affiliation,
 - mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address of the
 contact author,
 - a brief abstract describing the work,
 - at least three keywords which can specify typically the contents
 of the work.

Postscript versions of the papers should be formatted according to A4
or 8.5"x11", and the length should not exceed 12 pages excluding the
cover page. The technical expositions should be directed to a
specialist and should include an introduction understandable to a non
specialist that describes the problem studied and the results
achieved, focusing on the important ideas and their significance.

All paper submissions, review and notification of acceptance will be
done electronically through the conference's WWW pages


Submission of manuscripts: April 5, 2002
Notification of acceptance: May 27th, 2002
Final version of manuscript: June 28th, 2002


Pieter Adriaans (Chair)
Henning Fernau (Co-chair)
Menno van Zaanen (Local organization)
Marjan Veldhuisen (Secretariat)


ILLC, Institute for Language Logic and Computation
OZSL, Dutch Research School in Logic

Take a look at:

See you in Amsterdam in September 2002!!
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Message 2: Calls: 11th Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics, Manchester,

Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 13:06:45 BST
Subject: Calls: 11th Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics, Manchester,

 Eleventh Annual Postgraduate Linguistics Conference 
 University of Manchester, UK

 23 March 2002

The Eleventh Annual Postgraduate Linguistics Conference will take
place at the University of Manchester, UK, on Saturday, 23 March 2002,
following the Research Training Spring Programme of the Northwest
Centre of Linguistics held at Manchester University (18 - 22 March
2002). The conference is organized by postgraduates for postgraduates,
to present their research and exchange ideas.

There will be up to 24 student papers on a variety of linguistic
topics, and a guest lecture by a distinguished researcher in the field
(to be announced).

We invite papers on any aspect of linguistics, from phonetics to
syntax to sociolinguistics. Abstracts should be submitted both by
email and as a paper version. Please follow the guidelines for
abstracts laid out on the PGC conference web site.

There is a registration fee of $7 to cover the usual repro and coffee
costs. A choice of food will be served at lunchtime for an additional
$6 (lunch must be booked in advance). We invite you to join us for a
farewell drink to end the day (or week, for those of you who will
attend the NWCL event).

Whether you would like to give a paper or simply attend the
conference, please register by sending a completed registration form
(downloadable from the conference web page) and your cheque for the
registration fee (and lunch) to:

The 11th PGC Organising Committee
Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL

The completed forms should be returned to us by 3 March 2002. Please
note that the deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 February

Further details about the conference, abstract submission,
acommodation, etc. can be found at the conference web site: which will be
updated continuously over the next few weeks. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 11th PGC in Linguistics
at Manchester,

Christa Schubert
On behalf of the 11th PGC Organising Committee.
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