Call for papers


LATA is a yearly conference in theoretical computer science and its applications. As linked to the International PhD School in Formal Languages and Applications that was developed at the host institute in the period 2002-2006, LATA 2009 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from both classical theory fields and application areas (bioinformatics, systems biology, language technology, artificial intelligence, etc.).


Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

  • algebraic language theory
  • algorithms on automata and words
  • automata and logic
  • automata for system analysis and programme verification
  • automata, concurrency and Petri nets
  • biomolecular nanotechnology
  • cellular automata
  • circuits and networks
  • combinatorics on words
  • computability
  • computational, descriptional, communication and parameterized complexity
  • data and image compression
  • decidability questions on words and languages
  • digital libraries
  • DNA and other models of bio-inspired computing
  • document engineering
  • extended automata
  • foundations of finite state technology
  • fuzzy and rough languages
  • grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, multidimensional, unification, categorial, etc.)
  • grammars and automata architectures
  • grammatical inference and algorithmic learning
  • graphs and graph transformation
  • language varieties and semigroups
  • language-based cryptography
  • language-theoretic foundations of natural language processing, artificial intelligence and artificial life
  • mathematical evolutionary genomics
  • parsing
  • patterns and codes
  • power series
  • quantum, chemical and optical computing
  • regulated rewriting
  • string and combinatorial issues in computational biology and bioinformatics
  • symbolic dynamics
  • symbolic neural networks
  • term rewriting
  • text algorithms
  • text retrieval, pattern matching and pattern recognition
  • transducers
  • trees, tree languages and tree machines
  • weighted machines


LATA 2009 will consist of:

  • 3 invited talks
  • 2 invited tutorials
  • refereed contributions
  • open sessions for discussion in specific subfields or on professional issues (if requested by the participants)


Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages and should be formatted according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series

Submissions have to be uploaded at:


A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series will be available by the time of the conference.

Two special issues of the journals Information and Computation (Elsevier, 2007 impact factor: 0.983) and Journal of Logic and Computation (Oxford University Press, 2007 impact factor: 0.821) containing extended versions of selected papers will be published after the conference.

As well, a post-conference volume will be published in the series Studies in Computational Intelligence (Springer) containing extended versions of the papers on subjects closest to the series' scope.


The period for registration will be open since September 1, 2008 to April 2, 2009. The registration form can be found at the website of the conference:

Early registration fees:450 euros
Early registration fees (PhD students):225 euros
Registration fees:540 euros
Registration fees (PhD students): 270 euros
At least one author per paper should register. Papers that do not have a registered author by December 31, 2008 will be excluded from the proceedings.

Fees comprise free access to all sessions, one copy of the proceedings volume, and coffee breaks. For the participation in the full-day excursion and conference lunch on Sunday April 5, the amount of 70 euros is to be added to the fees above: accompanying persons are welcome at the same rate.


Early registration fees must be paid by bank transfer before December 31, 2008 to the conference account at Open Bank (Plaza Manuel Gomez Moreno 2, 28020 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES1300730100510403506598 - Swift code: OPENESMMXXX (account holder: LATA 2009 Carlos Martin-Vide).

(Non-early) registration fees can be paid either by bank transfer to the same account or in cash on site.

Besides paying the registration fees, it is required to fill in the registration form at the website of the conference. A receipt for the payment will be provided on site.


Up to 20 grants covering partial-board accommodation will be available for nonlocal PhD students. To apply, candidates must e-mail their CV together with a copy of the document proving their present status as a PhD student.