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Category:   E-Conf
Subject:   ICGI 2002 Call for Participation
From:   Menno van Zaanen
Email:   mvzaanen_(on)_science.uva.nl
Date received:   25 Jul 2002
Start date:   23 Sep 2002

SUMMARY: Amsterdam (The Netherlands) 23-25 September 2002 ICGI 2002 CALL FOR PARTICIPATION Sorry for multiple postings Call for Participation ICGI-2002 6th International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference Amsterdam, The Netherlands September 23-25th, 2002 SCOPE 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. LOCATION 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 (www.amsterdam.nl/e_tourism/e_tourism.html). 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: www.illc.uva.nl) at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (www.uva.nl). 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 transportation. AREAS OF INTEREST 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 domains. FORMAT The conference will feature: * 23 talks * 2 invited speakers * 7 software demonstrations A preliminary program can be found on the ICGI homepage: http://www.illc.uva.nl/ICGI-200 2/ REGISTRATION 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: http://www.illc.uva.nl/ICGI-200 2/ ACCOMMODATION 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 settled. 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 included). Remember that accommodation is hard to find in Amsterdam, especially in September. Book a hotel as soon as possible! ORGANISING COMMITTEE Pieter Adriaans Institute for Language Logic and Communication (ILLC) Universiteit van Amsterdam Plantage Muidergracht 24 1018 TV AMSTERDAM The Netherlands Phone: +31 6 54234459 Fax: +31 20 525 5206 E-mail: pietera_(on)_science.uva.nl 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 fernau_(on)_cs.newcastle.edu.au WWW: http://www.cs.newcas tle.edu.au/%7Efernau Menno van Zaanen Institute for Language Logic and Communication (ILLC) Universiteit van Amsterdam Plantage Muidergracht 24 1018 TV AMSTERDAM The Netherlands E-mail: mvzaanen_(on)_science.uva.nl http://www.science.uva. nl/%7Emvzaanen SPONSORS ILLC, Institute for Language Logic and Computation OZSL, Onderzoeks school voor logica Take a look at: http://www.illc.uva.nl/ICGI-200 2/ See you in Amsterdam in September 2002!! +-------------------------------------+ | Menno van Zaanen | "The more it stays the same, | mvzaanen_(on)_science.uva.nl | the less it changes." | http://www.science.uva. nl/%7Emvzaanen | -Spinal Tap

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