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          10th International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference

ICGI 2010

           13-16 September, 2010 Valencia (Spain)




ICGI 2010 is  the tenth edition of the International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference  series  which  is  a  biennial conference being considered the most successful conference related to Grammatical Inference.

The  conference  will  take  place  at the city of Valencia which is the third largest city in Spain. Valencia is a beautiful city in the Mediterranean coast where  centenary  traditions  live  together  with  modernity.  Its climate is mediterranean  with  mild  winters  and hot summers. The city contains a dense monumental heritage together with the City of Arts and Sciences an avant-garde and futuristic  museum complex.

The conference  is  colocated with the European Conference on Machine Learning and  Principles  and  Practice  of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML-PKDD 2010) which will take place in Barcelona, from September 20th to 24th, 2010.

This edition is a celebration one due to the 10th anniversary. We are planning some  innovations  with  respect  to previous editions such as a tutorial day, special talks and an award to the best student paper.


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:

 * Theoretical aspects of grammatical inference: Characterization of learning
   by   different  information   protocols   (positive   examples,   complete
   presentation, queries, etc.),  characterization  of statistical approaches
   (influence of the sample  distribution, PAC learning, etc.), complexity of

 * Efficient learning algorithms for larger language classes: Learning in the
   Chomsky's hierarchy,  learning contextual grammars (Marcus framework), new
   characterizable   language   classes,  multidimensional,  tree  and  graph
   languages,  learning  abstract  machines (finite automata, (non)restricted
   Turing machines, 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, complexity-theoretic approaches, heuristic methods, etc.

 * Novel approaches  to grammatical  inference: Induction by DNA computing or
   quantum computing, evolutionary approaches, new representation spaces, etc.

 * Successful  applications  of  grammatical  inference  to  several tasks in
   bioinformatics,  natural language processing, machine translation, pattern
   recognition,   language   acquisition   by  situated  agents  and  robots,
   computational linguistics, cognitive psychology, etc.


The  conference  will  include  plenary  and  invited talks, possibly software demonstrations and poster presentations of accepted papers, and a tutorial day. All plenary and invited papers will appear in the conference proceedings.

The  proceedings  of  ICGI 2010  will  be  published by Springer as a volume in Lecture  Notes in Artificial  Intelligence, a subseries of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.


Prospective  authors  are  invited  to  submit  a  draft paper which represents original  and  previously  unpublished  work.  Simultaneous submission to other conferences  with  published  proceedings  is  not allowed. The paper should be written  in  English  with  the  LNAI/LNCS  format which can be downloadable at Springer's  LNCS  website  (http://www.springer.com/lncs)  within the link "For Authors".

Submissions of full papers should conform to the following guidelines:

 * All papers should be submitted electronically by April 16, 2010. Papers must
   be  submitted  in  the  pdf format. The use of LATEX is strongly encouraged.
   The users of Word may download a  conversion tool such as cutePDF to produce
   a PDF file for submission.

 * The total length of the  paper  should not exceed 12 pages  on A4 or letter-
   size  paper, and  should  be  in  single-column format using at least 1 inch
   margins and 11-point font.

 * Each paper should contain title, authors and affiliation, mailing address, a
   brief abstract  describing  the work and, at least, three keywords which can
   specify typically the contents of the work.

 * The works must be submitted online at the EasyChair conference website



The best paper with a  student as the lead and presenting author will be awarded a free  registration  prize.  Eligible  papers should be noted in the submission
and accompanied  by a  brief  letter  of  support from  the research advisor. It should be included in  the paper  submission at the front page. Recipient of the
prize  will  be  notified   at  the  time  of  acceptance  and  the student will receive a winner diploma during the conference.


     * Submission of manuscripts: April 16, 2010
     * Notification of acceptance: May 24, 2010
     * Final version of manuscript: June 14, 2010


     José M. Sempere (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)


     Pieter Adriaans, (Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
     Dana Angluin, (Yale University, USA)
     Jean-Marc Champarnaud, (Université de Rouen, France)
     Alexander Clark, (Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom)
     Francois Coste, (INRIA, France)
     Francois Denis, (Université de Provence, France)
     Henning Fernau, (Universität Trier, Germany)
     Pedro García, (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)
     Colin de la Higuera, (Jean Monnet University in Saint-Etienne, France)
     Makoto Kanazawa, (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
     Satoshi Kobayashi, (University of Electro-Communications, Japan)
     Laurent Miclet, (ENSSAT-Lannion, France)
     Tim Oates, (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)
     Arlindo Oliveira, (Lisbon Technical University, Portugal)
     Jose Oncina, (Universidad de Alicante, Spain)
     Georgios Paliouras (Institute of Informatics Telecommunications, Greece)
     Yasubumi Sakakibara, (Keio University, Japan)
     Etsuji Tomita, (University of Electro-Communications, Japan)
     Menno van Zaanen, (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
     Ryo Yoshinaka, (Hokkaido University, Japan)
     Sheng Yu, (The University of Western Ontario, Canada)
     Thomas Zeugmann, (Hokkaido University, Japan)


     Marcelino Campos, (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)
     Antonio Cano, (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)
     Damián López, (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)
     Alfonso Muñoz-Pomer, (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)
     Piedachu Peris, (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)
     Manuel Vázquez de Parga, (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

We are looking forward to your works,

Jose M. Sempere