WATA 2008

Weighted Automata: Theory and Applications

call for papers

May 13-16, 2008,
in Dresden, Germany

The workshop will cover all aspects of weighted automata, ranging from the theory of formal power series to applications of tree automata, natural language processing, and multi-valued logics. The aim is to present tutorials and survey lectures by outstanding scientists in this area. Moreover, we encourage everybody to participate in this workshop and present her/his own technical contribution in this area.

We are happy to announce the following tutorials and survey lectures:


  • Z. Ésik (Szeged, Hungary and
                  Tarragona, Spain)
  • K. Knight (Los Angeles, USA)

Survey lectures:

  • F. Drewes (Umeå, Sweden)
  • S. Gaubert (Rocquencourt, France)
  • B. Gerla (Varese, Italy)
  • W. Kuich (Vienna, Austria)
  • A. Maletti (Berkeley, USA)
  • W. Martens (Dortmund, Germany)
  • G. Rahonis (Thessaloniki, Greece)

Call for Participation:

Interested participants are most welcome. If you wish to present a technical contribution, please send us an abstract (preferably of at most one page) before February 1, 2008. Authors will be informed about acceptance of their submission before March 1, 2008.

Call for Papers:

There will be a special issue of Acta Cybernetica on the topic of this workshop. Submissions could be either survey articles or research papers. Participation in the above workshop is encouraged, but is not a prerequisite for a submission. All submissions will be refereed according to the usual journal standards.

Authors are asked to submit their paper preferably in PostScript (or pdf) to both of the editors of the special issue: Manfred Droste and Heiko Vogler (see below). Please follow the instructions on the web-page Acta Cybernetica shown under the topic "Author Kit for Manuscript Preparation".

The deadline for submissions is July 11, 2008. We intend to ensure a quick refereeing process. It was agreed with Acta Cybernetica that the final versions of accepted papers will be sent to the journal not later than September 30, 2009, in the interest of the authors and a quick publication process (still within 2009). Authors of published papers will be provided with 50 reprints free of charge.

Scientific Programme:

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Here you can find the proceedings


Deadline for registration is April 18, 2008. There is no registration fee. In order to register, please send your name, affiliation, e-mail, intended length of participation to Heiko.Vogler@tu-dresden.de and state if you want to participate in the conference dinner (not for free) or not.

Informal Get Together and Conference Dinner

On Monday, May 12th, we will meet informally at 7.00 pm in the restaurant of the Guesthouse "Am Weberplatz" [map].
For Thursday, May 15th, at 7.00 pm we plan a conference dinner in the restaurant "Pulverturm an der Frauenkirche" [map].

Further information will be announced at the conference.

Conference location:

Gerberbau TU Dresden, Bergstrasse 53, Dresden

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Important Dates:

submission of abstracts: February 1, 2008
notification of acceptance: March 1, 2008
registration: April 18, 2008
workshop: May 13-16, 2008
submission of papers: July 11, 2008

Previous WATA-Workshops in 2006, 2004 and 2002:


WATA 2008 was financially supported by the "Gesellschaft von Freunden und Foerderern der TU Dresden" and the "International Center for Computational Logic".


Manfred Droste

Leipzig University
Institute of Computer Science
D-04009 Leipzig, Germany

Tel.: +49-341-9732200
Fax: +49-341-9732209
E-Mail: droste@informatik.uni-leipzig.de
Heiko Vogler

Technische Universität Dresden
Faculty of Computer Science
Institute of Theoretical Computer Science
D-01062 Dresden, Germany

Tel.: +49-351-463-38232
Fax: +49-351-463-37959
E-Mail: Heiko.Vogler@tu-dresden.de