The history of LATA starts in 2007. After three consecutive editions organized in Tarragona, the 4th edition (LATA 2010) took place in Trier, Germany while the 5th edition was back in Tarragona. Now it is the time for a new place to host LATA 2012, this time we go to A Coruña, Galicia, Spain.

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Contact information

LATA 2012
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain
Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386
e-Mail: florentinalilica.voicu (at)

LATA 2011 Picture

Click on the picture to see the complete page with pictures from LATA 2011 This is the group picture taken Friday, May 27, 2011.

2012 the Alan Turing Year (ATY)


A centenary celebration of the life and work of Alan Turing. The tutorial sessions Around the Physical Church-Turing Thesis presented by Gilles Dowek on March 6 and 7 are dedicated to this event.


The volume of proceedings published by Springer in the series of Lecture Notes in Computer Science ( LNCS volume 7183) will be available by the time of the conference.

Springer LNCS

Important dates

Event announced: July 16, 2011
Paper submission: October 12, 2011 (23:59h, CET)
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: November 21, 2011
Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: November 28, 2011
Early registration: December 5, 2011
Late registration: February 24, 2012
Starting of the conference: March 5, 2012
Submission to the post-conference special issue: June 22, 2012

LATA links

Links of interest

The following events are taking place in Tarragona. TPNC2012, October 1-5, 2012, WSMBio2012, February 20-24, 2012, WSLST2012, January 23-27, 2012, FSFLA2011, October 31 - November 4, 2011 .

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Submission of final papers

Submission deadline: November 28, 2011 for regular papers and December 6, 2011 for invited papers. The accepted papers are published in an LNCS volume entitled Language and Automata Theory and Applications, 6th International Conference, LATA 2012, A Coruña, Spain, March 5-9, 2012, Adrian-Horia Dediu, Carlos Martín-Vide (Eds).

Detailed technical instructions

Instructions for LNCS authors are available here. Before submitting your files please verify the following checkpoints.

  • Try to avoid the use of fancy packages, we wish that the whole proceedings to look consistent.
  • Check the title of the paper and authors name in easychair too, they should be exactly as the latex version from your paper.
  • Please use BIBTEX: it is a computer program taking care about consistency of bibliography, (within the paper and cross papers). For information about using BIBTEX please consult this link. There exists also an automatic conversion tool from bibitem to bibtex, yet not all formats are recognized. Note that Googling for a title together with the word "bibtex" usually gives good results.
  • Normally, captions of tables, figures, should end without a dot. If you feel that dots are needed, please be consistent along the whole article. Table captions are above the tables, while figures have captions below.
  • Inside the \authorrunning{} field of your article, please use only the initial of your first name, followed by a dot. The word "and" between two authors is used without a comma. If there are three or more authors there is a comma before "and". If headings with author names are not fitting well in the page, then you should use "et al." after the first author.
  • Check spelling errors and English mistakes.
  • Titles: In English, the first word and the last word of titles should be capitalized. In addition, all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions should be capitalized. Articles and coordinating conjunctions are not capitalized. Traditionally, prepositions are not capitalized. Use the same conventions for all titles of sections, subsection, etc.
  • Check the names in bibliography, some accents could be missing, no capital letter for Turing, RNA, etc., wrong hyphenations, etc. To correct we should add a new level of {...} in the bib file.

Preparation steps

  1. Please take carefully into account the suggestions of the reviewers and make the necessary modifications to your paper.
  2. Follow the technical instructions (described in the next column); prepare your bibliography using BibTex together with the style splncs_srt.bst provided by Springer.
  3. There is a strict limit of 12 pages for regular contributions. This limit can not be surpassed in any case. The invited papers can exceed this limit, recommended sizes would be: 18 pages for lectures and 24 pages for tutorials.
  4. Fill in the copyright form (pdf, 60kB). It is sufficient for one of the authors to sign the copyright form.
  5. Pack your working files (tex file(s), pictures, splncs_srt.bst, a bibliography (.bib) file) into a zip archive.
  6. Click here to submit your files using your EasyChair author account; follow the instructions after login for uploading three files:
    • a zip archive with your source files,
    • a pdf version of your paper,
    • the signed copyright form.
  7. After submitting the files, EasyChair gives some messages. ONLY ONE warning message is allowed: Package amsmath Warning: Unable to redefine math accent \vec. The rest of warnings or errors should be solved by the authors making the appropriate corrections. Pay a special attention to overfull boxes!
  8. At least one author per paper should register. Papers that do not have a registered author who paid the fees by next December 5, 2011 will be excluded from the proceedings. This will be strictly enforced. Follow the updated directions about the registration and payment procedure at LATA 2012 registration page. Please notice that those who will register as students will need to show the proof of their status (student ID or university certificate) at the beginning of the conference.

Do's and Don'ts

  • do not change the default font of the document (that is do not \usepackage{times} or other fonts), or use too many variations on fonts.
  • do not use whatever fancy signs as in mathabx.
  • do not modify \qed.
  • do not use a4wide or geometrix.
  • avoid using \vspace, and in any case \vspace with a negative argument. If things are not going as we wish, instead of negative \vspace there should be another solution.
  • do not use \newpage for formatting reasons, trying to fit floating figures or tables.
  • do not use frames around figures, algorithms, other elements of your paper.
  • do not use a complicated directory structure for your document, usually for a short paper things can be solved with a single source file.

In case of technical problems, please contact