Corpora: ICGI Call for Software Demonstrations

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    Call for Software Demonstrations


    6th International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    September 23-25th, 2002


    The ICGI 2002 Program Committee invites proposals for software
    demonstrations at the ICGI 2002. We encourage the exhibition of
    early (research) prototypes, but interesting mature systems may
    also be demonstrated.


    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.

    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 (
    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: at the Universiteit
    van Amsterdam ( 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
    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.


    Demo proposals should consist of the following parts:

    * An abstract in English of the technical content to be
      demonstrated, not to exceed three pages, including:
      * title,
      * authors and affiliation,
      * full contact information of the contact author,
      * references and acknowledgments.
    * The abstract will be added to the proceedings of ICGI-2002,
      which will be published by Springer-Verlag as a volume in their
      Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series, a subserie of
      the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.
    * Please state what you can bring yourself and what you
      absolutely must have provided. We will do our best to provide
      equipment and resources *but nothing can be guaranteed at this
      point beyond space and power*. Please contact the demo committee
      for any specific questions. You are encouraged to bring as much
      of your own equipment as possible!


    Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible, but before
    1 July 2002 using the submission form which can be found on the ICGI
    2002 homepage (


    Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance to
    the field of grammar induction, innovation, scientific
    contribution, presentation, and user friendliness, as well as
    potential logistical constraints.


    Submission of software demo proposals: 1 July 2002
    Notification of acceptance: 8 July 2002
    Submission of revised proposals: 14 July 2002
    Conference dates: 23-25 September 2002


    Pieter Adriaans
    Institute for Language Logic and Communication (ILLC)
    Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Plantage Muidergracht 24
    The Netherlands
    Phone: +31 6 54234459
    Fax: +31 20 525 5206

    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

    Menno van Zaanen (demo organiser)
    Institute for Language Logic and Communication (ILLC)
    Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Plantage Muidergracht 24
    The Netherlands


    ILLC, Institute for Language Logic and Computation
    OZSL, Onderzoeks school voor logica
    Contacts with additional sponsors are currently under way.

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    See you in Amsterdam in September 2002!!

    | Menno van Zaanen | "The more it stays the same,
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