LATA 2008

I have received the second Call for Papers for the LATA 2008 conference. As in 2007, the conference will take place in Tarragona, in March (March 13 - March 19, 2008). The important deadlines are: Paper submission - November 16, 2007; Application for funding (25 grants for PhD students) - December 7, 2007; Early registration - February 1, 2008.

The invited talks and tutorials (Mikolaj Bojanczyk (Warsaw U): Tree-walking Automata; Michael Domaratzki (U Manitoba): Formal Language Tools for Template-guided DNA Recombination; Jarkko Kari (U Turku): Cellular Automata (tutorial); Benjamin Steinberg (Carleton U): Marked Products of Languages and Matrix Representations; Mikhail Volkov (Ural State U): Synchronizing Automata (tutorial)) seem interesting.

Regarding the proceedings, nothing is changed from the 2007 edition: maybe the proceedings volume will be published in the LNCS series... Note, however, that in 2007 the chair decided, after the papers were already submitted for the LNCS proceedings volume, not to publish them in Springer's conference proceedings series. The fact that the publication of the Proceedings volume in a well known series is uncertain, combined with the fact that in the last edition such a volume was announced but never published, may keep valuable researchers away from this conference. On the other hand, a point that may be attractive for many researchers is that selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of Information and Computation.

As for me, I haven't decided whether to submit a paper to this conference or not. Probably, I will wait until the start of November to decide...