[Liste-proml] 2nd CfP: Learning and Automata (LearnAut) -- FLoC 2018 Workshop

Guillaume Rabusseau gui.rabusseau at gmail.com
Jeu 8 Mar 18:06:01 CET 2018

(Apologies for multiple receptions.)


Call for Papers: Learning and Automata (LearnAut) -- FLoC 2018 Workshop
July 13, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Website: https://learnaut2018.wordpress.com/


Learning models defining recursive computations, like automata and
formal grammars, is the core of the field called Grammatical Inference
(GI). The expressive power of these models and the complexity of the
associated computational problems are major research topics within the
mathematical logic and computer science communities, spanning the
international conferences that the Federated Logic Conference (FLoC)
brings together. Historically, there has been little interaction
between the GI and FLoC communities, though recently some important
results started to bridge the gap between both worlds, including
applications of learning to formal verification and model checking,
and (co-)algebraic formulations of automata and grammar learning

The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts on logic who
could benefit from grammatical inference tools, and researchers in
grammatical inference who could find in logic and verification new
fruitful applications for their methods.

We invite submissions of recent work, including preliminary research,
related to the theme of the workshop. Similarly to how main machine
learning conferences and workshops are organized, all accepted
abstracts will be part of a poster session held during the workshop.
Additionally, the Program Committee will select a subset of the
abstracts for oral presentation. At least one author of each accepted
abstract is expected to represent it at the workshop.

Learnaut18 is also coordinating with the International Conference on
Grammatical Inference (ICGI, http://icgi2018.pwr.edu.pl/) which
publishes its proceedings in the Proceedings of Machine Learning
Research (PMLR: http://proceedings.mlr.press/). Selected LearnAut
papers will be offered the possibility to have an extended version
published in the proceedings of ICGI. Authors of such papers will be
expected to submit the extended version by the ICGI deadline, which
will then undergo an additional (light) review process by the ICGI
program committee.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Computational complexity of learning problems involving automata and
formal languages.
- Algorithms and frameworks for learning models representing language
classes inside and outside the Chomsky hierarchy, including tree and
graph grammars.
- Learning problems involving models with additional structure,
including numeric weights, inputs/outputs such as transducers,
register automata, timed automata, Markov reward and decision
processes, and semi-hidden Markov models.
- Logical and relational aspects of learning and grammatical inference.
- Theoretical studies of learnable classes of languages/representations.
- Relations between automata and recurrent neural networks.
- Active learning of finite state machines and formal languages.
- Methods for estimating probability distributions over strings,
trees, graphs, or any data used as input for symbolic models.
- Applications of learning to formal verification and (statistical)
model checking.
- Metrics and other error measures between automata or formal languages.

** Invited speakers **
Alexander Clark (King's College London)
Kousha Etessami (University of Edinburgh)
Doina Precup (McGill University & DeepMind)

** Submission instructions **
Submissions in the form of extended abstracts must be at most 8
single-column pages long (plus at most four for bibliography and
possible appendixes) and must be submitted in the JMLR/PMLR format.
The LaTeX style file is available from here:

We do accept submissions of work recently published or currently under
review; however such submissions do not qualify for publication in the
ICGI Proceedings.

- Submission url: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=learnaut2018
- Submission deadline: 24 March 2018
- Notification of acceptance: 1 May 2018
- Submission deadline for ICGI proceedings: 15 May 2018
- Registration: http://www.floc2018.org/register/

** Program Committee **
Dana Angluin (Yale University)
Borja Balle (Amazon Research Cambridge)
Leonor Becerra-Bonache (Université de Saint-Etienne)
Jorge Castro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
François Denis (Aix-Marseille Université)
Colin de la Higuera (Nantes University)
Falk Howar (TU Clausthal)
Kim Larsen (Aalborg University)
Ariadna Quattoni (Naver Labs Europe)
Bernhard Steffen (TU Dortmund)
Alexandra Silva (University College of London)
James Worrell (University of Oxford)

** Organizers **
Remi Eyraud (Aix-Marseille Université)
Jeffrey Heinz (Stony Brook University)
Guillaume Rabusseau (McGill University)
Matteo Sammartino (University College London)
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