Welcome to WATA 2014

The workshop should cover all aspects of weighted automata, ranging from the theory of quantitative automata and logics to applications for real-time systems and natural language processing. 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 to present their own technical contribution in this area.


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


  • Colin de la Higuera (Nantes)
  • Jacques Sakarovitch (Paris)

Survey lectures

  • Laurent Doyen (Cachan)
  • Zoltán Ésik (Szeged)
  • Zoltán Fülöp (Szeged)
  • Paul Gastin (Cachan)
  • Ricard Gavaldà (Barcelona)
  • Kim G. Larsen (Aalborg)
  • Andreas Maletti (Stuttgart)
  • Eli Shamir (Jerusalem)
  • James Worrell (Oxford)

Titles of Tutorials, Survey Lectures, and Accepted Talks

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) until March 7. These contributions do not count as publications, and submission of relevant, already published or submitted results is allowed. Authors will be informed about acceptance of their submission before March 22, 2014.

Call for Papers

You can find a “Call for papers” on an extra page.

Important Dates

submission of abstractsMarch 7, 2014
application for financial supportMarch 7, 2014
notification of acceptanceMarch 22, 2014
registrationApril 4, 2014
workshopMay 5 - 9, 2014
submission of papersNovember 1,2014

Registration and financial support

Deadline for registration is April 4, 2014. There is no registration fee. In order to register, please send your name, affiliation, e-mail, intended length of participation to droste@informatik.uni-leipzig.de and state if you want to participate in the conference dinner (not free) or not.

There are limited resources to partially compensate the travel expenses of participating Ph.D. students and young scientists. Please, contact Manfred Droste until March 7, 2014 such that we can make a fair decision.

Scientific Programme

You can find the complete program of the conference on an extra page.

Informal get together, Excursion, and Conference Dinner

On Sunday, May 4, starting at 19.00, there is an informal get-together with the possibility for dinner or drinks at Gasthaus Alte Nikolaischule, Nikolaikirchhof 2 in the center of Leipzig, next to Nikolaikirche.

Our conference dinner is planned for Wednesday, May 7, starting at 19.00, at the historic Auerbachs Keller, Mädler Passage, Grimmaische Strasse 2-4.

On Friday, May 9, starting at 12.30 right after WATA, for everyone who is interested we plan to have lunch at the Panorama Tower, Augustusplatz, right next to the main university building and about 120 m above ground (and with hopefully good weather for the view).

In each case, ask for "WATA".

Conference location

Leipzig University, Paulinum, Felix-Klein-Hörsaal (5th floor, room P501), Augustusplatz 10, Leipzig


We have pre-reserved for WATA participants in the subsequent hotels a limited number of rooms for special prices until a certain date; first come, first serve. If you book there, please refer to WATA 2014. Because of fairs in Leipzig, we recommend that you book early.

  • Ibis Hotel Leipzig City Brühl 69 04109 Leipzig

    price for a single room incl. breakfast: 81 €
    until April 1, 2014.

  • InterCity Hotel Leipzig Tröndlinring 2 04105 Leipzig

    price incl. breakfast:
    single / double standard room: 75 / 95 €
    single / double business room: 85 / 105 €
    The business rooms are to the interior (more quiet) and include coffee making facilities.
    until April 4, 2014.

  • Mercure Hotel Leipzig Am Johannisplatz Stephanstraße 6 04103 Leipzig

    single / double standard room: 89 / 95 €
    single / double comfort room: 99 / 105 €
    breakfast 16 Euro
    until March 30, 2014.

Prices may vary if taxes vary.

You can view a map showing the conference location and the above hotels at google maps.

Travel information:

From Airport Leipzig-Halle there are two trains you can take to reach Leipzig main station. They leave at 7 and 23 minutes on the hour from the airport. The trip lasts approximately 15 minutes. The price of a ticket is 4.20 € or 6 €. You can purchase tickets directly at the train station or online via bahn.de. Choose "Leipzig/Halle Flughafen" to "Leipzig Hbf".

There are taxi stands in front of Terminal B at the airport and in the city centre of Leipzig, e.g. in front of the main railway station. It takes you about 30 minutes to travel to Leipzig main station. The journey to Leipzig main station from the airport will cost about 30 Euro.

If you plan to use trams or buses every day, you may consider buying a seven-day ticket (21,10 €).

Previous WATA-Workshops [2012 - 2002]:


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

If you have requests concerning WATA 2014, please send an e-mail to Manfred Droste.


This workshop is supported by: