Call for Papers
Workshop on
Automata Induction, Grammatical Inference, and Language Acquisition
The Fourteenth International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-97)
July 8-12, 1997, Nashville, Tennessee

The Automata Induction, Grammatical Inference, and Language Acquisition Workshop will be held on Saturday, July 12, 1997 during the Fourteenth International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-97) which will be co-located with the Tenth Annual Conference on Computational Learning Theory (COLT-97) at Nashville, Tennessee from July 8 through July 12, 1997. Additional information on ICML-97 and COLT-97 can be found here


Machine learning of grammars, variously referred to as automata induction, grammatical inference, grammar induction, and automatic language acquisition, finds a variety of applications in syntactic pattern recognition, adaptive intelligent agents, diagnosis, computational biology, systems modelling, prediction, natural language acquisition, data mining and knowledge discovery.

The workshop seeks to bring together researchers working on different aspects of machine learning of grammars in a number of different (and until now, relatively isolated) areas including neural networks, pattern recognition, computational linguistics, computational learning theory, automata theory, and language acquisition for fruitful exchange of the relevant recent research results.

Workshop Format

The workshop will consist of 3--5 invited talks offering different perspectives on machine learning of grammars, interspersed with short (10--15 minute) presentations of accepted papers. The workshop schedule will allow ample time for informal discussion.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Submission Guidelines

Full paper submissions are highly recommended although extended abstracts will also be considered. The manuscript should be no more than 10 pages long when formatted for generic 8-1/2 x 11 inch pages using the formatting macros and templates available here.

Postscript versions of the manuscripts should be emailed so as to arrive by March 15, 1997 at:,,


Deadline for submission of manuscripts: March 15, 1997
Decisions regarding acceptance or rejection emailed to authors: April 1, 1997
Final versions of the papers due: April 15, 1997

Selection Criteria

Selection of submitted papers will be on the basis of review by at least two referees. Review criteria include: originality, technical soundness, clarity of presentation, relevance of the results and potential appeal to the workshop audience.

Workshop Proceedings

Workshop proceedings will be published in electronic form on the world-wide web. Authors of a selected subset of accepted workshop papers might also be invited to submit revised and expanded versions of their papers for possible publication in a special issue of a journal or an edited collection of papers to be published after the conference.

Workshop Organizers

Dr. Vasant Honavar
Department of Computer Science
226 Atanasoff Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Dr. Pierre Dupont
Department of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Dr. Lee Giles
NEC Research Institute
4 Independence Way
Princeton, NJ 08540