Joint call for workshops

The 21st Annual Conference on Learning Theory

Helsinki, Finland, July 9-12, 2008

Submission deadline: February 20, 2008

The 21st Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT 2008) will take place on July 9-12, 2008, in Helsinki, Finland, in coordination with the International Conference on Machine learning (ICML) and Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI). We invite submissions of papers addressing the theoretical modeling and analysis of all aspects of learning and empirical inference. We strongly support a broad definition of learning theory, including:

We also welcome theoretical papers about learning that do not fit into the above categories. We are particularly interested in papers that include viewpoints that are new to the COLT community. While the primary focus of the conference is theoretical, papers can be strengthened by the inclusion of relevant experimental results. We also welcome experimental and algorithmic papers provided they are relevant to the focus of the conference by elucidating theoretical results in learning.

All papers will appear in the proceedings. The proceedings will appear both as a printed book and in a full-text electronic version, thus we require electronic submissions. Papers that have previously appeared in journals or at other conferences, or that are being submitted to other conferences, are not appropriate for COLT. Papers that include work that has already been submitted for journal publication may be submitted to COLT, as long as the papers have not been accepted for publication by February 20 2008 and the paper is not expected to be published before the COLT conference (July 2008).

PAPER FORMAT : Submissions should include the title, authors' names, postal and email addresses, and a 200-word summary of the paper suitable for the conference program. Submissions should not exceed 12 pages (including bibliography) in a two-column format (style file: colt08e.sty , colt08-submission.tex, colt08-sample-submission.pdf). Authors should note that 12 pages is an upper limit — shorter submissions are encouraged. Papers should include a clear definition of the theoretical model used and a clear description of the results, as well as a discussion of their significance, including comparison to other work. Submit papers electronically in pdf or ps format (detailed instructions will be available soon on the conference website). While it is not expected that all full proofs can be included in the paper, authors should strive to at least present partial proofs which will enable the reviewers to understand the main ideas and methods used. The paper should also attempt to be as self-contained as possible.

MARK FULK AWARD : This award is for the best paper authored or coauthored by a student. Eligible authors who wish to be considered for this prize should indicate this on their submission's title page.


Rocco Servedio (Columbia University, USA)
Tong Zhang (Rutgers University, USA)


Dana Angluin (Yale University)
Jean-Yves Audibert (Ecole Nationale des Ponts)
Peter Auer (University of Leoben)
Peter Bartlett (UC Berkeley)
Mikhail Belkin (Ohio State University)
Shai Ben-David (University of Waterloo)
Stephane Boucheron (Université Paris-Diderot)
Nader Bshouty (Technion)
Sanjoy Dasgupta (UC San Diego)
Ran El-Yaniv (Technion)
Vitaly Feldman (IBM Research)
Sham M. Kakade (Toyota Technology Institute)
Adam Kalai (Georgia Tech)
Vladimir Koltchinskii (Georgia Tech)
Sanjay Jain (National University of Singapore)
John Langford (Yahoo! Research)
Ping Li (Cornell University)
Shie Mannor (McGill University)
Mehryar Mohri (New York University)
Massimiliano Pontil (University College, London)
Rob Schapire (Princeton University)
Shai Shalev-Shwartz (Hebrew University)
Alex Smola (National ICT Australia)
Nati Srebro (Toyota Technological Institute)
Ingo Steinwart (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Nicolas Vayatis, (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan)
Volodya Vovk (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Bob Williamson (Australian National University)

LOCAL CHAIR : Jyrki Kivinen (University of Helsinki, Finland)

OPEN PROBLEMS SESSION : We also invite submission of open problems (see separate call). These should be constrained to two pages. There is a shorter reviewing period for the open problems. Accepted contributions will be allocated short presentation slots in a special open problems session and will be allowed two pages each in the proceedings.


ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS : Submit your paper using the COLT 2008 submission page.


Electronic submission of papers: February 20, 2008 (5:59pm PST)
Electronic submission of two-page open problems: March 21, 2008
Notification of acceptance or rejection: April 14, 2008
Final submission of all papers: April 28, 2008
Conference dates: July 9-12, 2008

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