A new book series is going to be announced in a few weeks by a
major publisher under the (tentative) title of
Mathematics, Computing, Language, and the Life: Frontiers in
Mathematical Linguistics and Language Theory
Language theory, as originated from Chomsky's seminal work in the
fifties last century and in parallel to Turing-inspired automata
theory, was first applied to natural language syntax within the
context of the first unsuccessful attempts to achieve reliable
machine translation prototypes. After this, the theory proved to
be very valuable in the study of programming languages and the
theory of computing.
In the last 15-20 years, language and automata theory has
experienced quick theoretical developments as a consequence of
the emergence of new interdisciplinary domains and also as the
result of demands for application to a number of disciplines,
most notably: natural language processing, computational biology,
natural computing, programming, and artificial intelligence.
The series will collect recent research on either foundational or
applied issues, and is addressed to graduate students as well as
to post-docs and academics.
A. Theory: language and automata theory, combinatorics on words,
descriptional and computational complexity, semigroups, graphs
and graph transformation, trees, computability
B. Natural language processing: mathematics of natural language
processing, finite-state technology, languages and logics,
parsing, transducers, text algorithms, web text retrieval
C. Artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and programming:
patterns, pattern matching and pattern recognition, models of
concurrent systems, Petri nets, models of pictures, fuzzy
languages, grammatical inference and algorithmic learning,
language-based cryptography, data and image compression,
automata for system analysis and program verification
D. Bio-inspired computing and natural computing: cellular
automata, symbolic neural networks, evolutionary algorithms,
genetic algorithms, DNA computing, molecular computing,
biomolecular nanotechnology, circuit theory, quantum
computing, chemical and optical computing, models of
E. Bioinformatics: mathematical biology, string and combinatorial
issues in computational biology and bioinformatics,
mathematical evolutionary genomics, language processing of
biological sequences, digital libraries
The connections of this broad interdisciplinary field with other
areas include: computational linguistics, knowledge engineering,
theoretical computer science, software science, molecular
The first volumes will be miscellaneous and will globally define
the scope of the future series.
INVITATION TO CONTRIBUTE:
Contributions are requested for the first five volumes. In
principle, there will be no limit in length. All contributions
will be submitted to strict peer-review. Collections of papers
are also welcome.
Potential contributors should express their interest in being
considered for the volumes by April 25, 2009 to
They should specify:
- the tentative title of the contribution,
- the authors and affiliations,
- a 5-10 line abstract,
- the most appropriate topic category (A to E above).
A selection will be done immediately after, with invited authors
submitting their contribution for peer-review by July 25, 2009.
The volumes are expected to appear in the first months of 2010.
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