COLT 2010 – Call for Papers

The 23rd Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT 2010) will take
place in Haifa, Israel, on June 27-29, 2010 and will be co-located
with ICML 2010. We invite submissions of papers addressing theoretical
aspects of machine learning and empirical inference. We strongly
support a broad definition of learning theory, including:

* Analysis of learning algorithms and their generalization ability
* Computational complexity of learning
* Bayesian analysis
* Statistical mechanics of learning systems
* Optimization procedures for learning
* Kernel methods
* Inductive inference
* Boolean function learning
* Unsupervised and semi-supervised learning and clustering
* On-line learning and relative loss bounds
* Learning in planning and control, including reinforcement learning
* Learning in games, multi-agent learning
* Mathematical analysis of learning in related fields, e.g., game
theory, natural language processing, neuroscience, bioinformatics,
privacy and security, machine vision, data mining, information retrieval

We are also interested in papers that include viewpoints that are new
to the COLT community. We welcome experimental and algorithmic papers
provided they are relevant to the focus of the conference by
elucidating theoretical results in learning. Also, while the primary
focus of the conference is theoretical, papers can be strengthened by
the inclusion of relevant experimental results.

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 the COLT
submission deadline (conditionally or otherwise) and that the paper is
not expected to be published before the COLT conference (June 2010).

Feedback on Review Quality
There will be no rebuttal phase this year. However, authors will be
given the opportunity to assess the quality of reviews and provide
feedback to the reviewers, after the decisions have been made. These
assessments will be used in particular to determine the Best Reviewer
award (see below).

Paper and Reviewer Awards
This year, COLT will award both best paper and best student paper
awards. Best student papers must be authored or coauthored by a
student. Authors must indicate at submission time if they wish their
paper to be eligible for a student award. This does not preclude the
paper to be eligible for the best paper award.

To further emphasize the importance of the reviewing quality, this
year, COLT will also award a best reviewer award to the reviewer who
has provided the most insightful and useful comments.

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.

Paper Format and Electronic Submission Instructions
Formatting and submission instructions will be available in early
December at the conference website. Submissions should include the
title, authors’ names, and a 200-word summary of the paper suitable
for the conference program. Papers should not exceed 13 pages
(including bibliography) and should be formatted according to the
following style file and sample LaTeX source (colt10e.sty, colt10-
sample.tar.gz). Authors not using latex should ensure that their
document complies with similar formatting (similar margins, 11pt font,
single column). Shorter papers are strongly encouraged. Additional
material beyond the 13 page limit can be placed in the appendix and
might be read, at the discretion of the program committee.

Important Dates
Preliminary call for papers issued October 15,2009
Electronic submission of papers (due by 5:59pm PST) February 19, 2010
Electronic submission of open problems March 13, 2010
Notice of acceptance or rejection May 07, 2010
Submission of final version May 21, 2010
Feedback on reviews due May 28, 2010
Joint ICML/COLT workshop day June 25, 2010
2010 COLT conference June 27-29, 2010

OrganizationProgram Co-chairs:
* Adam Tauman Kalai (Microsoft Research)
* Mehryar Mohri (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Google Research)

Program Committee:
Shivani Agarwal Mikhail Belkin
Shai Ben-David Nicolò Cesa-Bianchi
Ofer Dekel Steve Hanneke
Jeff Jackson Sham Kakade
Vladimir Koltchinskii Katrina Ligett
Phil Long Gabor Lugosi
Ulrike von Luxburg Yishay Mansour
Ryan O’Donnell Massimiliano Pontil
Robert Schapire Rocco Servedio
Shai Shalev-Shwartz John Shawe-Taylor
Gilles Stoltz Ambuj Tewari
Jenn Wortman Vaughan Santosh Vempala
Manfred Warmuth Robert Williamson
Thomas Zeugmann Tong Zhang

Publicity Chair:
* Sandra Zilles (University of Regina)

Local Arrangements Chair:
* Shai Fine (IBM Research Haifa)