AFL 2008

The next year will take place the 12th International Conference on Automata and Formal Languages (AFL), in Balatonfüred, Hungary (on the shores of lake Balaton). I have just received the first call for papers: the topics of interest are, of course, formal languages, automata, their applications, and related areas such as: combinatorial properties of words and languages, logic, picture description and analysis, concurrency, distributed systems, bio-inspired computing, quantum computing or cryptography. The invited speakers are: Viliam Geffert (Kosice, Slovakia), Markus Lohrey (Leipzig, Germany), Ion Petre (Turku, Finland). The important dates for this conference: Deadline for submissions - March 7, 2008; Notification to the authors - April 20, 2008; Final version - May 4, 2008; Conference - May 27-30, 2008. The proceedings will be published by the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; however, in the last edition a special issue of TCS, containing follow-up versions of the papers presented at the conference, was edited.

I have participated and contributed (with a paper co-authored with Radu Gramatovici) to the last AFL, in 2005 in Dobogoko, and it was one of the best conferences I have attended so far. The papers presented were of very good quality and between the participants were some of the greatest names in Formal Languages (I'll just say that Arto Salomaa was one of them). I was told that at a previous edition of the conference Paul Erdős was one of the invited speakers. In conclusion, AFL is a conference with a good tradition and it gathers some of the most valuable European researchers in Formal Languages. I would recommend to everybody interested in this field to submit a paper to this conference, or, at least, to participate.