Colin de la Higuera
Colin de la Higuera received his PhD at Bordeaux University, France in 1989. He has been associate Professor at the University of Montpellier and is since 1997 Professor at Saint-Etienne University. He has been involved in a number of research themes, including algorithmics and formal language theory. His chief research interests lie in grammatical inference, a field in which he has been active in the last 10 years. He has developed algorithms and has been trying to link classical formal language frameworks (using the Chomsky hierarchy) with alternative ways of defining languages, inspired by linguistic considerations or techniques developed in pattern recognition. He has been chairman of the International Community in Grammatical Inference (2002-2007) and is currently in charge of the curriculum development programme in the European Network PASCAL 2.