Call for papers


ICGI 2014 is the 12th edition of the International Conference on Grammatical Inference series, held every two years.

The conference will be held in Kyoto University; in Kyoto, Japan, from September 17—19, 2014. Kyoto is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world.

The conference proceedings will be published with the JMLR Workshop and Conference Proceedings series.



The conference is on grammatical inference: the field of machine learning applied to discrete combinatorial structures such as strings, trees or graphs. The conference seeks to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of original research papers on all aspects of grammatical inference including, but not limited to:

Historically the roots of grammatical inference have been in the modelling of first language acquisition by human infants: we especially invite submissions that address this theme, directly or indirectly.


We invite two types of papers:

There are no restrictions on the domain of application as long as the paper provides sufficient background information.

The conference proceedings will be published with The JMLR: Workshop and Conference Proceedings series.


The conference will include plenary and invited talks, possibly software demonstrations and poster presentations of accepted papers.


Prospective authors are invited to submit a draft paper which represents original and previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submission to other conferences with published proceedings is not allowed.

All papers should be submitted electronically by May 22, 2014; the submission URL is:

Papers must be submitted in pdf format. The use of LaTeX is strongly encouraged. The users of Word may download a conversion tool to produce a PDF file for submission.

The total length of the paper should not exceed 12 pages on A4 or letter-size paper, and should be in single-column format using at least 1 inch margins and 11-point font.

Each paper should contain title, authors and affiliation, mailing address, a brief abstract describing the work and at least three keywords which can describe the contents of the work.

Prospective authors are strongly recommended to use the JMLR style file for LaTeX available here: .


The best paper with a student as the lead and presenting author will be awarded a free registration prize. Eligible papers should be noted in the submission and accompanied by a brief letter of support from the research advisor. It should be included in the paper submission at the front page. Recipient of the prize will be notified at the time of acceptance and the student will receive a winner diploma during the conference.

We are looking forward to your submissions.