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Call for papers

The 31st Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT 2018) will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 5-9, 2018 (with a welcome reception on the 4th), immediately before ICML 2018, which takes place in the same city. We invite submissions of papers addressing theoretical aspects of machine learning and related topics. We strongly support a broad definition of learning theory, including, but not limited to:
-Design and analysis of learning algorithms
-Statistical and computational complexity of learning
-Optimization methods for learning
-Unsupervised, semi-supervised, online and active learning
-Interactions with other mathematical fields
-Interactions with statistical physics
-Artificial neural networks, including deep learning
-High-dimensional and non-parametric statistics
-Learning with algebraic or combinatorial structure
-Geometric and topological data analysis
-Bayesian methods in learning
-Planning and control, including reinforcement learning
-Learning with system constraints: e.g. privacy, memory or communication budget
-Learning from complex data: e.g., networks, time series, etc.
-Learning in other settings: e.g. social, economic, and game-theoretic

Submissions by authors who are new to COLT are encouraged. While the primary focus of the conference is theoretical, the authors may support their analysis by including relevant experimental results.
All accepted papers will be presented in a single track at the conference. At least one of each paper’s authors should be present at the conference to present the work. Accepted papers will be published electronically in the Proceedings of Machine Learning Research (PMLR). The authors of accepted papers will have the option of opting-out of the proceedings in favor of a 1-page extended abstract. The full paper reviewed for COLT will then be placed on the arXiv repository.

Paper Awards:

COLT will award both best paper and best student paper awards. To be eligible for the best student paper award, the primary contributor(s) must be full-time students at the time of submission. For eligible papers, authors must indicate at submission time if they wish their paper to be considered for a student paper award. The program committee may decline to make these awards, or may split them among several papers.

Dual Submissions:

Submissions that are substantially similar to papers that have been previously published, accepted for publication, or submitted in parallel to other peer-reviewed conferences with proceedings may not be submitted to COLT. The same policy applies to journals, unless the submission is a short version of a paper submitted to a journal, and not yet published. Authors must declare such dual submissions either through the Easychair submission form, or via email to the program chairs.

Formatting:

Submissions are limited to 12 PMLR-formatted pages, plus unlimited 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’ merits. Formatting and submission instructions can be found here.

Rebuttal Phase:

As in previous years, there will be a rebuttal phase during the review process. Initial reviews will be sent to authors before final decisions have been made. Authors will have the opportunity to provide a short response on the PC’s initial evaluation.

Open Problems Session:

We also invite submission of open problems. A separate call for open problems will be made available on the conference website.

Important Dates:

-Paper submission deadline: February 16, 2018, 11:00 PM EST
-Author feedback: April 18-21, 2018
-Author notification: May 2, 2018
-Conference: July 5-9, 2018 (welcome reception on the 4th)

Submission:

Papers should be submitted through EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=colt2018

Submissions Instructions

Formatting

Submissions are limited to 12 single-column JMLR-formatted pages, plus additional pages for references and appendices.
Please use the following: LaTeX style files and template.

Dual submission policy

Submissions that are substantially similar to papers that have been previously published, accepted for publication, or submitted in parallel to other peer-reviewed conferences with proceedings may not be submitted to COLT. The same policy applies to journals, unless the submission is a short version of a paper submitted to a journal, and not yet published. Authors must declare such dual submissions either through the Easychair submission form, or via email to the program chairs.

Anonymization

COLT reviewing is not double-blind, and program committee members will have access to author identities. However, in order to aid in minimizing the effect of initial impressions based on author identity, and in order to allow program committee members to seek double-blind reviews from sub-referees, submissions should NOT include author names or other identifying information. Use the [anon] option, as in the LaTeX template, to suppress author names from appearing in the submission. To the extent possible, avoid including directly identifying information. You should still include all relevant references, discussion, and scientific content, even if this might provide significant hints as to the author identity. You should generally refer to your own prior work in third person. Avoid including acknowledgments in the submission (these can be added later). It is expressly allowed to make available online a non-anonymized version of the submission or any other material that might reveal the author identities, e.g. on the author’s web pages, on arXiv, or on any other site.

Submitting your paper

Papers should be submitted through Easychair by 11:00 PM EST on February 16, 2018.
Please contact the COLT chairs at colt2018pc@gmail.com in case of questions about the policy or technical issues with the submission process.
Looking forward to reading your submissions and good luck!