Call for Papers


ICMLA '08: The Seventh International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications


December 11-13, 2008

San Diego, CA, USA


Co-Sponsored by:
Association for Machine Learning and Applications
IEEE SMC (technical co-sponsorship)
California State University Bakersfield
Conference Proceedings will be Published by:



ICMLA'08 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to present the latest achievements and innovations in the area of machine learning (ML). The conference provides a leading international forum for the dissemination of original research in ML, with emphasis on applications, novel algorithms, software and systems. Following the success of previous ICMLA conferences, it attracts researchers and application developers from a wide range of ML related areas such as statistical, probabilistic, fuzzy, evolutionary, inductive, and other kinds of learning, data mining, knowledge discovery, pattern recognition, knowledge acquisition and retrieval, databases, data warehousing and visualization, knowledge-based systems and high performance computing. The main goal of the conference is to advance the state-of-the-art in ML via promotion of high quality and novel research.

Scope of the Conference:

·         multistrategy learning         

·         statistical learning

·         neural network learning

·         learning through fuzzy logic

·         learning through evolution

(evolutionary algorithms)

·         Bayesian network

·         case-based reasoning

·         evolutionary computation

·         reinforcement learning

·         machine learning of natural language

·         grammatical inference

·         knowledge acquisition and learning

·         multi lingual knowledge acquisition and representation

·         knowledge discovery in databases

·         knowledge intensive learning

·         knowledge representation and reasoning

·         information retrieval and learning

·         theories and models for plausible reasoning

·         cooperative learning

·         planning and learning

·         multi-agent learning

·         web navigation and mining

·         learning through mobile data mining

·         online and incremental learning

·         scalability of learning algorithms

·         learning through text and multimedia mining

·         distributed and parallel learning algorithms and applications

·         inductive learning

·         inductive logic programming

·         feature extraction and classification

·         support vector machines

·         computational learning theory

·         cognitive-modeling

·         hybrid algorithms

·         machine learning in


Contributions describing applications of machine learning techniques to real-world problems, interdisciplinary research involving machine learning, experimental and/or theoretical studies yielding new insights into the design of ML systems, and papers describing development of new analytical frameworks that advance practical learning methods are especially encouraged.


Special session/workshop proposals due:                     April 1, 2008
Paper Submission Deadline:                 
       Main Conference:                                                  June 15, 2008   July  5, 2008
       Special Sessions, Workshop & Competition:          June 15, 2008   July 15, 2008
Tutorial proposals due:                                                 July 15, 2008
Notification of acceptance:                                           September 1, 2008
Camera-ready papers & Pre-registration:                        October 1, 2008
The ICMLA Conference:                                                 December 11-13, 2008
All paper submissions will be handled electronically. Detailed instructions for submitting the papers are provided on the conference home page at


For general information contact:


            General Chair:

Dr. M. Arif Wani, Email 


Conference Chairs:

Dr.  Xue-wen Chen, Email

Dr. David Casasent, Email


High quality papers in all ML areas are solicited. Papers that present new directions will receive especially careful and supportive reviews. Authors are expected to ensure that their final manuscripts are original and are not appearing in the other publications. Paper should be limited to 4-6 pages and submitted in IEEE format (double column). Papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of technical quality, originality, significance, and clarity. All submissions will be handled electronically. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, as a hardcopy. A selected number of accepted papers will be invited for possible inclusion, in an expanded and revised form, in a journal.
ICMLA'08 Best Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference on the authors of the best research paper.

Detailed instructions for submitting papers can be found at


For information contact:


Dr. Tony Hu, Email

Program Chair


Dr. Lukasz Kurgan, Email

Program Chair


We invite submission of proposals for special sessions, workshops and tutorials. Special sessions and workshops can be from ½ to 3 days long. Proposals should include the following information:
 - name and address of the proposer(s)
 - title of the session/workshop/tutorial
 - description of the session/workshop/tutorial (see further details below)
 - a half-page biological data and URL of the proposer(s) 
Each special session/workshop will have at least five paper presentations.
The special session/workshop chairs will be responsible for soliciting the papers, reviewing, and making final decisions, in consultation with the conference chairs. The description of the session/workshop should include the following information: 
   - title of the session/workshop
   - scope
   - organizers and 
   - preliminary committee members 


Special session/workshop proposals can be submitted to special session/workshop chairs (see below the Technical Meeting Committee) or to the conference chair ( 
Tutorial proposals can be submitted to tutorial chair (
Deadline for special session/workshop proposals: April 1, 2008
Deadline for tutorial proposals: July 1, 2008

You are cordially invited to participate in the ICMLA'08, to be held at San Diego, California. A link to the hotel website gives information on nearby attractions.



Advisory Committee

Jerome H. Friedman,        Stanford University, USA

Michalski Ryszard,            George Mason University, USA

Mitchell Tom,                     Carnegie Mellon University, USA

VanLehn Kurt,                   University of Pittsburgh, USA

David McAllester,              Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, USA

Robert Schapire,               Princeton University, USA

Yao Xin,                            University of Birmingham, UK

Lofti Zadeh,                       University of California Berkeley, USA


Steering Committee
Khurshid Ahmad,              Trinity College, Dublin
Hamid Arabnia,                 University of Georgia, USA
Krzysztof Cios,                  University of  Colorado at Denver, USA
Khalid Hafeez,                  University of Bradford, UK
Mehmed Kantardzic,         University of Louisville, USA

Lukasz Kurgan,                 University of Alberta, Canada

Graham Kendall,               University of Nottingham, UK
Wei Li,                               California State University Bakersfield, USA
Vasile Palade,                   Oxford University, UK
Kevin Seppi,                      Brigham Young University, USA

M. Arif Wani,                     California State University Bakersfield, USA


Technical Meeting Committee


General Chair

M. Arif Wani                  California State University Bakersfield, USA


Conference Chair
Xue-wen Chen                         The University of Kansas, USA 
David Casasent                      Carnegie Mellon University, USA 
Program Chair
Tony Hu                                  Drexel University, USA 
Lukasz Kurgan                        University of Alberta, Canada 
Workshops Chair
Sun Kim                                 Indiana University, USA 
Dechang Chen                        Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, USA 
Chris Ding                              University of Texas, Dallas, USA 
Special Session Chair
Mark Kon                                Boston University, USA                                                                
Dit-Yan Yeung                        The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK 
Rong Jin                                 Michigan State University, USA 
Leif Peterson                          The Methodist Hospital, USA 
Xiangyang Xue                       Fudan University, China
Steve Jiang                            University of California, San Diego, USA 
Wei Li,                                      California State University Bakersfield, USA

Ying Liu                                  University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Seref Sagiroglu                        University of Gazi, Turkey

Tutorials chair
Yonghong Peng                      University of Bradford, UK 
Competition chair
Gavin Cawley                          University of East Anglia, U.K. 
Local Arrangements Chair
Steve Jiang                            University of California, San Diego, USA 

Publicity Chair

Ronald Taylor                            Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA  

Khalid Hafeez                            University of Bradford, UK


Awards Chair

Jieping Ye                                Arizona State University, USA