LINGUIST List 9.303

Sun Mar 1 1998

Calls: 4th ICGL (Iowa State), 6th IALS (Edinburgh)

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  1. Vasant Honavar, 4th Intl Colloquium on Grammatical Inference (ICGL)
  2. Gibson Ferguson, IALS (6th Lang Teacher Ed)

Message 1: 4th Intl Colloquium on Grammatical Inference (ICGL)

Date: Sat, 28 Feb 1998 17:04:05 -0600 (CST)
From: Vasant Honavar <>
Subject: 4th Intl Colloquium on Grammatical Inference (ICGL)

Final Call for Papers

Fourth International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference (ICGI-98)

Program Co-Chairs: Vasant Honavar and Giora Slutzki Iowa State

July 12-14, 1998
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa, USA.

Cosponsored by
International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics
Iowa State University

In cooperation with
American Association for Artificial Intelligence
IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
ACL Special Interest Group on Natural Language Learning


Grammatical Inference, variously refered to as automata induction,
grammar induction, and automatic language acquisition, refers to the
process of learning of grammars and languages from data. Machine
learning of grammars finds a variety of applications in syntactic
pattern recognition, adaptive intelligent agents, diagnosis,
computational biology, systems modelling, prediction, natural language
acquisition, data mining and knowledge discovery.

Traditionally, grammatical inference has been studied by researchers
in several research communities including: Information Theory, Formal
Languages, Automata Theory, Language Acquisition, Computational
Linguistics, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition, Computational
Learning Theory, Neural Networks, etc.

Perhaps one of the first attempts to bring together researchers
working on grammatical inference for an interdisciplinary exchange of
research results took place under the aegis of the First Colloquium on
Grammatical Inference held at the University of Essex in United
Kingdom in April 1993. This was followed by the (second) International
Colloquium on Grammatical Inference, held at Alicante in Spain, the
proceedings of which were published by Springer-Verlag as volume 862
of the Lectures Notes in Artificial Intelligence, and the Third
International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference, held at Montpellier
in France, the proceedings of which were published by Springer-Verlag
as volume 1147 of the Lecture Notes in Artificial
Intelligence. Following the success of these events and the Workshop
on Automata Induction, Grammatical Inference, and Language
Acquisition, held in conjunction with the International Conference on
Machine Learning at Nashville in United States in July 1997, the
Fourth International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference will be held
from July 12 through July 14, 1998, at Iowa State University in United

Topics of Interest

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,

* 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, 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 modelling and control, and other domains.

Program Committee

Technical Program Chairs:
Vasant Honavar and Giora Slutzki, Iowa State University, USA.

Technical Program Committee:
R. Berwick, MIT, USA
A. Brazma, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK.
M. Brent, Johns Hopkins University, USA
C. Cardie, Cornell University, USA
W. Daelemans, Tilburg University, Netherlands
D. Dowe, Monash University, Australia
P. Dupont, Univ. St. Etienne, France.
D. Estival, University of Melbourne, Australia
J. Feldman, International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, USA
L. Giles, NEC Research Institute, Princeton, USA
J. Gregor, University of Tennessee, USA
C. de la Higuera, LIRMM, France
A. Itai, Technion, Israel
T. Knuutila, University of Turku, Finland
J. Koza, Stanford University, USA
K. Lang, NEC Research Institute, Princeton, USA.
M. Li, University of Waterloo, Canada
E. Makinen, University of Tampere, Finland
L. Miclet, ENSSAT, Lannion, France.
G. Nagaraja, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
H. Ney, University of Technology, Aachen, Germany
J. Nicolas, IRISA, France
R. Parekh, Allstate Research and Planning Center, Menlo Park, USA
L. Pitt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
D. Powers, Flinders University, Australia
L. Reeker, National Science Foundation, USA
Y. Sakakibara, Tokyo Denki University, Japan.
C. Samuelsson, Lucent Technologies, USA
A. Sharma, University of New South Wales, Australia.
E. Vidal, U. Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Local Arrangements Committee

Dale Grosvenor, Iowa State University, USA.
K. Balakrishnan, Iowa State University, USA.
R. Bhatt, Iowa State University, USA
J. Yang, Iowa State University, USA.

Conference Format and Proceedings

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 to be
published by a major publisher. (Negotiations are underway with
Springer-Verlag regarding the publication of ICGI-98 proceedings as a
volume in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence a subseries
of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science).

Submission of Papers

Postscript versions of the papers, no more than 12 pages long,
(including figures, tables, and references), should be submitted
electronically to Accepted papers
will be allocated 12 pages in the proceedings (long papers) or 6 pages
in the proceedings (short papers).

In those rare instances where authors might be unable to submit
postscript versions of their papers electronically, we will try to
accomodate them.

Each paper will be rigorously refereed by at least 2 reviewers for
technical soundness, originality, and clarity of presentation.


The relevant schedule for paper submissions is as follows:

 * March 20, 1998. Deadline for receipt of manuscripts
 * April 21, 1998. Notification of acceptance
 * May 1, 1998. Camera ready copies due

Submission of Proposals for Tutorials The conference will include a
small number of short (2-hour) tutorials on selected topics in
grammatical inference. Some examples of possible tutorial topics are:
Hidden Markov Models, Computational Biology applications, and PAC
learnability of Grammars. This list is meant only to be suggestive and
not exhaustive. Those interested in presenting a a tutorial should
submit a proposal (in plain text format) to by electronic mail:

 * A brief abstract (300 words or less) describing the topics to be
 * A brief description of the target audience and their expected
 * A brief curriculum vitae including the proposer's relevant
 qualifications and publications

The relevant schedule for tutorials is as follows:

 * March 1, 1998. Deadline for receipt of tutorial proposals
 * April 1, 1998. Notification of acceptance
 * May 1, 1998. Tutorial notes due

Financial Support

Limited financial support might be available, subject to the
availability of funds, for:

* scientists (especially junior researchers) from developing
countries, especially for those who can find other sources of support
for extended visit at a US institution
* graduate students and postdocs from US institutions

Additional details will be posted as they become available.
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Message 2: IALS (6th Lang Teacher Ed)

Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 11:01:20 GMT
From: Gibson Ferguson <>
Subject: IALS (6th Lang Teacher Ed)

The University of Edinburgh
Institute for Applied Language Studies (IALS)
6th Symposium for Language Teacher Educators
Evaluation and Research in Language Teacher Education

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Wednesday 18th November - Friday 20th November 1998

Call for Papers

* the role of research and evaluation in language teacher education
* methods of researching and evaluating language teacher education
* the ethics of evaluation and research in language teacher education
* evaluating programmes, trainers, and materials in language teacher
* researching the influence of context on the delivery of language
	teacher education
* researching and evaluating methodologies of language teacher
* research as part of the process of training and teacher development
* assessing the development of trainee skills
* investigating how teachers change
* researching supervision and post-lesson feedback
* researching the impact of new technologies in language teacher

The IALS Symposia offer a forum for professional exchange among
language teacher educators based in the UK and overseas. Numbers are
limited to 60.

The themes listed above indicate the possible coverage of the papers.
Papers should not be limited to reports of research but also reflect
on the process of research and evaluation and on their role in
language teacher education.

If you would like to submit a proposal for a paper on any topic
related to the theme of the Symposium, please write for a proposal
form and further information to:

Suzie Huggins
6th IALS Symposium for Language Teacher Educators
Institute for Applied Language Studies
University of Edinburgh 
21 Hill Place 
Edinburgh EH8 9DP
Scotland, UK.
 Phone 0131 650 6200
 Fax 0131 667 5927

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