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[PVS] LATA 2009: 2nd call for papers

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Second Call for Papers


Tarragona, Spain, April 2-8, 2009




LATA is a yearly conference in theoretical computer science and its applications. As linked to the International PhD School in Formal Languages and Applications that was developed at the host institute in the period 2002-2006, LATA 2009 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from both classical theory fields and application areas (bioinformatics, systems biology, language technology, artificial intelligence, etc.).


Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

- algebraic language theory
- algorithms on automata and words
- automata and logic
- automata for system analysis and programme verification
- automata, concurrency and Petri nets
- biomolecular nanotechnology
- cellular automata
- circuits and networks
- combinatorics on words
- computability
- computational, descriptional, communication and parameterized complexity
- data and image compression
- decidability questions on words and languages
- digital libraries
- DNA and other models of bio-inspired computing
- document engineering
- extended automata
- foundations of finite state technology
- fuzzy and rough languages
- grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, multidimensional, unification, categorial, etc.)
- grammars and automata architectures
- grammatical inference and algorithmic learning
- graphs and graph transformation
- language varieties and semigroups
- language-based cryptography
- language-theoretic foundations of natural language processing, artificial intelligence and artificial life
- mathematical evolutionary genomics
- parsing
- patterns and codes
- power series
- quantum, chemical and optical computing
- regulated rewriting
- string and combinatorial issues in computational biology and bioinformatics
- symbolic dynamics
- symbolic neural networks
- term rewriting
- text algorithms
- text retrieval, pattern matching and pattern recognition
- transducers
- trees, tree languages and tree machines
- weighted machines


LATA 2009 will consist of:

- 3 invited talks
- 2 invited tutorials
- refereed contributions
- open sessions for discussion in specific subfields or on professional issues (if requested by the participants)

Invited speakers will be:

Bruno Courcelle (Bordeaux): Graph Structure and Monadic Second-order Logic (tutorial)
Markus Holzer (Muenchen): Nondeterministic Finite Automata: Recent Developments (tutorial)
Sanjay Jain (Singapore): Role of Hypothesis Spaces in Inductive Inference
Kai Salomaa (Kingston, Canada): State Complexity of Nested Word Automata
Thomas Zeugmann (Sapporo): Recent Developments in Algorithmic Teaching


Parosh Abdulla (Uppsala)
Stefania Bandini (Milano)
Stephen Bloom (Hoboken)
John Brzozowski (Waterloo)
Maxime Crochemore (London)
Juergen Dassow (Magdeburg)
Michael Domaratzki (Winnipeg)
Henning Fernau (Trier)
Rusins Freivalds (Riga)
Vesa Halava (Turku)
Juraj Hromkovic (Zurich)
Lucian Ilie (London, Canada)
Kazuo Iwama (Kyoto)
Aravind Joshi (Philadelphia)
Juhani Karhumaki (Turku)
Jarkko Kari (Turku)
Claude Kirchner (Bordeaux)
Maciej Koutny (Newcastle)
Hans-Joerg Kreowski (Bremen)
Kamala Krithivasan (Chennai)
Martin Kutrib (Giessen)
Andrzej Lingas (Lund)
Aldo de Luca (Napoli)
Rupak Majumdar (Los Angeles)
Carlos Martin-Vide (Tarragona & Brussels, chair)
Joachim Niehren (Lille)
Antonio Restivo (Palermo)
Joerg Rothe (Duesseldorf)
Wojciech Rytter (Warsaw)
Philippe Schnoebelen (Cachan)
Thomas Schwentick (Dortmund)
Helmut Seidl (Muenchen)
Alan Selman (Buffalo)
Jeffrey Shallit (Waterloo)
Ludwig Staiger (Halle)
Frank Stephan (Singapore)


Madalina Barbaiani
Gemma Bel-Enguix
Cristina Bibire
Adrian-Horia Dediu
Szilard-Zsolt Fazekas
Armand-Mihai Ionescu
M. Dolores Jimenez-Lopez
Alexander Krassovitskiy
Guangwu Liu
Carlos Martin-Vide (chair)
Zoltan-Pal Mecsei
Robert Mercas
Catalin-Ionut Tirnauca
Bianca Truthe
Sherzod Turaev
Florentina-Lilica Voicu


Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages and should be formatted according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs/lncs+authors?SGWID=0-40209-0-0-0). Submissions have to be uploaded at:



A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series will be available by the time of the conference.

Two special issues of the journals Information and Computation (Elsevier, 2007 impact factor: 0.983) and Journal of Logic and Computation (Oxford University Press, 2007 impact factor: 0.821) containing extended versions of selected papers will be published after the conference.


The period for registration will be open since September 1, 2008 to April 2, 2009. The registration form can be found at the website of the conference: http://grammars.grlmc.com/LATA2009/

Early registration fees: 450 euros
Early registration fees (PhD students): 225 euros
Registration fees: 540 euros
Registration fees (PhD students): 270 euros

At least one author per paper should register. Papers that do not have a registered author by December 31, 2008 will be excluded from the proceedings.

Fees comprise access to all sessions, one copy of the proceedings volume, and coffee breaks. For the participation in the full-day excursion and conference lunch on Sunday April 5, the amount of 70 euros is to be added to the fees above: accompanying persons are welcome at the same rate.


Early registration fees must be paid by bank transfer before December 31, 2008 to the conference account at Open Bank (Plaza Manuel Gomez Moreno 2, 28020 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES1300730100510403506598 - Swift code: OPENESMMXXX (account holder: LATA 2009  Carlos Martin-Vide).

(Non-early) registration fees can be paid either by bank transfer to the same account or in cash on site.

Besides paying the registration fees, it is required to fill in the registration form at the website of the conference. A receipt for the payment will be provided on site.


Up to 20 grants covering partial-board accommodation will be available for nonlocal PhD students. To apply, candidates must e-mail their CV together with a copy of the document proving their present status as a PhD student.


Paper submission: October 22, 2008
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: December 10, 2008
Application for funding (PhD students): December 15, 2008
Notification of funding acceptance or rejection: December 19, 2008
Final version of the paper for the proceedings: December 24, 2008
Early registration: December 31, 2008
Starting of the conference: April 2, 2009
Submission to the journal special issues: June 22, 2009




LATA 2009
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics
Rovira i Virgili University
Plaza Imperial Tarraco, 1
43005 Tarragona, Spain
Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-559597