COLT2012 Call for Papers

The 25th Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT 2012) will take place
in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 25th-27th, 2012. It will be co-located with
ICML, with a joint day on June 27th.

We invite submissions of papers addressing theoretical aspects of machine
learning, empirical inference and related topics. We strongly support a
broad definition of learning theory, including:

* Analysis of learning algorithms and their generalization ability
* Computational complexity of learning
* Statistical mechanics of learning systems
* Optimization procedures for learning and their analysis
* Online and stochastic optimization, and analysis of oracle models of optimization
* High dimensional and non-parametric empirical inference, including sparse and low-rank
* Kernel methods
* Boolean function learning
* Unsupervised and semi-supervised learning and clustering
* On-line learning and relative loss bounds
* Planning and control, including reinforcement learning
* Learning in social, economic, and game-theoretic settings
* Privacy in learning

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, or by pointing out interesting and not well understood behavior
that could stimulate theoretical analysis.

Papers that have previously appeared in journals or at other conferences
with published proceedings, or that are being submitted to other
conferences with published proceedings, 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 2012).

Papers will be published electronically in the JMLR Workshop and
Conference Proceedings series.

Open Problems Session:
We also invite submission of open problems. These should be constrained to
two pages. There is a short 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. The deadline for submitting open problems will be announced
in a separate call at a later date.

Submission Instructions:
Submissions are limited to 12 JMLR-formatted pages, plus additional pages
for references and appendices. All details, proofs and derivations
required to substantiate the results must be included in the submission,
possibly in the appendices. However, the contribution, novelty and
significance of submissions will be judged primarily based on the main text
(without appendices), and so enough details, including proof details, must
be provided in the main text to convince the reviewers of the submissions

Exact formatting and submission instructions will be available at the
conference website

Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: Tuesday February 14th, 2012, 18:00 UTC (1PM EST).
Author notification: April 30th, 2012
Conference: June 25th-27th, 2012

General Chair: Jykri Kivinen
Open Problem Chair: Alexander Rakhlin
Program Chairs: Shie Mannor and Nathan Srebro

Program Committee:

Peter Auer
Francis Bach
Maria-Florina Balcan
Shai Ben-David
Kamalika Chaudhuri
Koby Crammer
Vitaly Feldman
Claudio Gentile
Peter Grunwald
Elad Hazan
Adam Kalai
Satyen Kale
Robert Kleinberg
Vladimir Koltchinskii
John Lafferty
Phil Long
Gabor Lugosi
Yishay Mansour
Remi Munos
Pardeep Ravikumar
Philippe Rigollet
Shai Shalev-Shwartz
Ohad Shamir
Alexander Shapiro
Ingo Steinwart
Gilles Stoltz
Csaba Szepesvari
Manfred Warmuth
Hans Simon