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A new book series is going to be announced in a few weeks by a major publisher 
under the (tentative) title of

Mathematics, Computing, Language, and the Life: Frontiers in Mathematical 
Linguistics and Language Theory


Language theory, as originated from Chomsky's seminal work in the fifties last 
century and in parallel to Turing-inspired automata theory, was first applied 
to natural language syntax within the context of the first unsuccessful 
attempts to achieve reliable machine translation prototypes. After this, the 
theory proved to be very valuable in the study of programming languages and the 
theory of computing.

In the last 15-20 years, language and automata theory has experienced quick 
theoretical developments as a consequence of the emergence of new 
interdisciplinary domains and also as the result of demands for application to 
a number of disciplines, most notably: natural language processing, 
computational biology, natural computing, programming, and artificial 

The series will collect recent research on either foundational or applied 
issues, and is addressed to graduate students as well as to post-docs and 


A. Theory: language and automata theory, combinatorics on words, descriptional 
and computational complexity, semigroups, graphs and graph transformation, 
trees, computability
B. Natural language processing: mathematics of natural language processing, 
finite-state technology, languages and logics, parsing, transducers, text 
algorithms, web text retrieval
C. Artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and programming: patterns, 
pattern matching and pattern recognition, models of concurrent systems, Petri 
nets, models of pictures, fuzzy languages, grammatical inference and 
algorithmic learning, language-based cryptography, data and image compression, 
automata for system analysis and program verification
D. Bio-inspired computing and natural computing: cellular automata, symbolic 
neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, genetic algorithms, DNA computing, 
molecular computing, biomolecular nanotechnology, circuit theory, quantum 
computing, chemical and optical computing, models of artificial life
E. Bioinformatics: mathematical biology, string and combinatorial issues in 
computational biology and bioinformatics, mathematical evolutionary genomics, 
language processing of biological sequences, digital libraries

The connections of this broad interdisciplinary field with other areas include: 
computational linguistics, knowledge engineering, theoretical computer science, 
software science, molecular biology, etc.

The first volumes will be miscellaneous and will globally define the scope of 
the future series.


Contributions are requested for the first five volumes. In principle, there 
will be no limit in length. All contributions will be submitted to strict 
peer-review. Collections of papers are also welcome.

Potential contributors should express their interest in being considered for 
the volumes by April 25, 2009 to carlos.martinv...@gmail.com

They should specify:

- the tentative title of the contribution,
- the authors and affiliations,
- a 5-10 line abstract,
- the most appropriate topic category (A to E above).

A selection will be done immediately after, with invited authors submitting 
their contribution for peer-review by July 25, 2009.

The volumes are expected to appear in the first months of 2010.

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