The 15th International Conference
Algorithmic Learning Theory

Padova University, Padova, Italy
October 2 - 5, 2004


The 15th International Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory (ALT 2004) will be held in Padova, Italy, during October 2 - 5, 2004. The main objective of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of theoretical foundations of machine learning as well as their relevance to practical applications. The conference will be co-located with the 7th International Conference on Discovery Science (DS 2004) and the 11th Conference on String Processing and Information Retrieval (SPIRE 2004) under the general title ``The Padova Dialogues 2004''.

Topics of Interest: We invite submissions to ALT 2004 in all areas related to algorithmic learning theory, and those that are aimed at bridging theory and practice. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): the design and analysis of learning algorithms, computational models of machine learning (e.g., on-line learning, learning via queries, inductive inference, statistical learning), specific algorithmic approaches (e.g., margin-based algorithms, MDL estimation), learning complex models (e.g., neural networks, Bayesian networks, logical formulae, grammars, instance-based models), machine discovery, and applications of machine learning to other fields (e.g., data mining, web mining, bioinformatics).

Invited Talks. There will be several invited talks by prominent researchers in the field.
Submission. Authors are encouraged to submit their papers electronically via our

submission page.

Alternatively, they may submit nine hard copies of their papers to:

Prof. Dr. John Case
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716-2586 (USA)

which must be received by the deadline given below.

Important Dates. Submission deadline: June 1, 2004 (Extended)

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be (e)mailed to the first (or designated) author by July 6, 2004

The camera-ready copy of accepted papers will be due July 25, 2004.

Format. The submitted paper should consist of a cover page with title, authors' names, postal and e-mail addresses, an approximately 200 word summary, and a body not longer than ten (10) A4 or letter sized pages 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 2004.

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 2004 will be invited to a special issue of the journal Theoretical Computer Science.

E.M. Gold Award. One scholarship of 555 EUR will be awarded to a student author (please mark student submissions on the title page) of an excellent paper.

Conference Chair:

Prof. Dr. Akira Maruoka
Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Program Committee Chairs:

Prof. Dr. Shai ben-David
Technion, Israel and Cornell Univ., USA

Prof. Dr. John Case
University of Delaware, USA

Local Arrangement Chair:

Massimo Melucci

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