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Tue Jul 23 2002

Confs: Grammatical Inference, The Netherlands

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  1. Menno van Zaanen, ICGI 2002 Call for Participation

Message 1: ICGI 2002 Call for Participation

Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2002 12:01:17 +0200 (CEST)
From: Menno van Zaanen <>
Subject: ICGI 2002 Call for Participation

Call for Participation


6th International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 23-25th, 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, Portugal.


ICGI-2002 will be held in Amsterdam. Amsterdam, the capital of
the Netherlands is a city with a rich history. With it historical
center and its canals it is also known as the Venice of the
North. It has a lot to offer both in terms of history, culture
and social life (
Holland's geographical location makes Amsterdam via Schiphol
Airport easily accessible for travelers from all corners of the
world .

The conference will be located in the Institute for Language
Logic and Computation (ILLC: at the Universiteit
van Amsterdam ( The Universiteit van Amsterdam was
founded as the Athenaeum Illustre in 1632 and has developed into
one of the bigger general universities in Europe. The conference
is located in the center of Amsterdam, with easy access to
hotels, restaurants and touristic attractions.

Amsterdam is well served by air connections to many major
European and American cities. Schiphol Airport is located less
than 15 minutes away from Amsterdam, accessible by cab or public


The conference seeks to provide a forum for presentation and
discussion of original research 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


The conference will feature:
* 23 talks
* 2 invited speakers
* 7 software demonstrations

A preliminary program can be found on the ICGI homepage:


The registration fee is EUR 235,-. For students, there is a reduced
fee of EUR 115,-. Although we prefer payment in advance, payment in
cash on arrival is possible (at the registration desk).

The conference fee includes:
* participation in the conference itself
* coffee, three times lunch and dinner once
* a nice trip (still to be announced)

A registration and accommodation form is available on our secure
server, which can be reached from the website:


It is possible to book a hotel at university discount rates.
However, please note that only reservations which are made BEFORE
August 1st and which are accompanied by credit card number can be

Currently we can book you a room only in the Tulip Inn Tropen Hotel,
Linnaeausstraat 2C, Amsterdam (located next to Oosterpark and the
Tropical Museum). This is a three-star hotel with 80 rooms.
University price for a single room is 86 euro (breakfast not

Remember that accommodation is hard to find in Amsterdam, especially
in September. Book a hotel as soon as possible!


Pieter Adriaans
Institute for Language Logic and Communication (ILLC)
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Plantage Muidergracht 24
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 6 54234459
Fax: +31 20 525 5206

Henning Fernau
University of Newcastle
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
Phone: +61 2 4921 6076
Fax: +61 2 4921 6929

Menno van Zaanen
Institute for Language Logic and Communication (ILLC)
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Plantage Muidergracht 24
The Netherlands


ILLC, Institute for Language Logic and Computation
OZSL, Onderzoeks school voor logica

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See you in Amsterdam in September 2002!!

| Menno van Zaanen | "The more it stays the same,
| | the less it changes."
| | -Spinal Tap
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