Appel: New book series, Mathematics, Computing, Language, and the Life

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Apr 14 14:41:53 UTC 2009

Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 20:54:48 +0200
From: <carlos.martin at>
Message-ID: <f984a9d2addc.49e10398 at>

A new book series is going to be announced in a few weeks by a major
publisher under the (tentative) title of

Mathematics, Computing, Language, and the Life: Frontiers in
Mathematical Linguistics and Language Theory


Language theory, as originated from Chomsky's seminal work in the
fifties last century and in parallel to Turing-inspired automata
theory, was first applied to natural language syntax within the
context of the first unsuccessful attempts to achieve reliable machine
translation prototypes. After this, the theory proved to be very
valuable in the study of programming languages and the theory of

In the last 15-20 years, language and automata theory has experienced
quick theoretical developments as a consequence of the emergence of
new interdisciplinary domains and also as the result of demands for
application to a number of disciplines, most notably: natural language
processing, computational biology, natural computing, programming, and
artificial intelligence.

The series will collect recent research on either foundational or
applied issues, and is addressed to graduate students as well as to
post-docs and academics.


A. Theory: language and automata theory, combinatorics on words,
descriptional and computational complexity, semigroups, graphs and
graph transformation, trees, computability

B. Natural language processing: mathematics of natural language
processing, finite-state technology, languages and logics, parsing,
transducers, text algorithms, web text retrieval

C. Artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and programming:
patterns, pattern matching and pattern recognition, models of
concurrent systems, Petri nets, models of pictures, fuzzy languages,
grammatical inference and algorithmic learning, language-based
cryptography, data and image compression, automata for system analysis
and program verification

D. Bio-inspired computing and natural computing: cellular automata,
symbolic neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, genetic algorithms,
DNA computing, molecular computing, biomolecular nanotechnology,
circuit theory, quantum computing, chemical and optical computing,
models of artificial life

E. Bioinformatics: mathematical biology, string and combinatorial
issues in computational biology and bioinformatics, mathematical
evolutionary genomics, language processing of biological sequences,
digital libraries

The connections of this broad interdisciplinary field with other areas
include: computational linguistics, knowledge engineering, theoretical
computer science, software science, molecular biology, etc.

The first volumes will be miscellaneous and will globally define the
scope of the future series.


Contributions are requested for the first five volumes. In principle,
there will be no limit in length. All contributions will be submitted
to strict peer-review. Collections of papers are also welcome.

Potential contributors should express their interest in being
considered for the volumes by April 25, 2009 to
carlos.martinvide at

They should specify:

- the tentative title of the contribution,
- the authors and affiliations,
- a 5-10 line abstract,
- the most appropriate topic category (A to E above).

A selection will be done immediately after, with invited authors
submitting their contribution for peer-review by July 25, 2009.

The volumes are expected to appear in the first months of 2010.

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