The 9th International Conference
Algorithmic Learning Theory

Otzenhausen, Germany
October 8-10, 1998


The 9th International Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory (ALT'98) will be held at the European Academy, Otzenhausen, Germany, during October 8 - 10, 1998. The workshop is sponsored by the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI), the University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Computer Science and the Centre for Learning Systems and Applications (LSA). The IFIP Working Group 1.4 will offer a student travel award.

We invite submissions to ALT'98 in all areas related to algorithmic learning theory including (but not limited to): the design and analysis of learning algorithms, the theory of machine learning, machine discovery, inductive inference, case-based learning, learning via queries, Bayesian-/MDL-/MML-estimation, statistical learning, inductive logic programming, applications of learning e.g. to databases and biological sequence analysis.

Invited Talks - Invited talks will be given by Akira Maruoka (Tohoku University, Japan), Arun Sharma (University of New South Wales, Australia), and Stefan Wrobel (GMD, Germany).
Submission - Authors may either e-mail postscript files of their papers to, or submit nine copies of their papers to

Prof. Dr. Rolf Wiehagen
University of Kaiserslautern
Department of Computer Science
67653 Kaiserslautern, Germany

Papers must be received by April 14, 1998. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be (e)mailed to the first (or designated) author by May 15, 1998.

The camera-ready copy of accepted papers will be due June 15, 1998.

Format - The submitted paper should consist of a cover page with title, author names, postal and e-mail addresses, an approximately 200 word summary, and a body not longer than ten (10) pages of size A4 or 7 x 10,5 inches in twelve-point font. You may use appendices to include long but major proofs. If you submit hardcopies, double-sided printing is encouraged.

Policy - Each submitted paper will be reviewed by the members of the program committee and be judged on clarity, significance, and originality. Joint submissions to other conferences with published proceedings are not allowed. Papers that have appeared in journals or other conferences are not appropriate for ALT 98.

Proceedings will be published as a volume in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Springer-Verlag, and will be available at the conference. Selected papers of ALT 98 will be invited to a special issue of the journal Theoretical Computer Science.

Conference Chair:

Prof. Dr. Michael M. Richter
University of Kaiserslautern
Department of Computer Science
67653 Kaiserslautern, Germany

Conference Co-Chair:

Prof. Dr. Carl Smith
University of Maryland, USA

Program Committee Chair:

Prof. Dr. Rolf Wiehagen
University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Program Committee Co-Chair:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Zeugmann
Kyushu University, Japan

Program Committee:

P. Bartlett (ANU, Australia)
S. Ben-David (Technion, Israel)
S. Dzeroski (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
R. Gavalda (Univ. de Catalunya, Spain)
L. Hellerstein (Polytechnic Univ., USA)
S. Jain (National Univ. Singapore)
S. Lange (Univ. Leipzig, Germany)
M. Li (Univ. Waterloo, Canada)
H. Motoda (Osaka Univ., Japan)
Y. Sakakibara (Tokyo Denki Univ., Japan)
K. Satoh (Hokkaido Univ., Japan)
T. Shinohara (Kyutech, Japan)
E. Ukkonen (Helsinki Univ., Finland)

Local Arrangements:

Prof. Dr. Michael M. Richter & Edith Hüttel
University of Kaiserslautern
Department of Computer Science
67653 Kaiserslautern, Germany

For more information, contact:

This CFP is also available in postscript.

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Workshop on Applied Learning Theory, October 7, 1998, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.