The main subjects of AFL series are Formal Languages, Automata, Conventional and Unconventional Models of Computation, and Applications of Automata and Language Theory.
The AFL series was initiated by Prof. István Peák (1936-1989). He organized the AFL conferences in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988 and started the organization of AFL'90. These conferences were all held in the hills around Salgótarján. In 1986 and 1988, the title of the conference was Automata, Languages and Programming Systems. Since the untimely death of Prof. István Peák in 1989, the AFL conferences have been organized in every third year. In 1993 and 1996, two more "Salgótarján conferences" took place. The last four conferences of the series were held in Vasszécseny (1999), Debrecen (2002), Dobogókő (2005), and Balatonfüred (2008).
Nowadays a Steering Committe takes care of the continuation of the AFL series, whose members are:
AFL 2011 is held in Debrecen in the Centre of the Debrecen Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Debrecen, Thomas Mann u. 49).
Debrecen with its more than 210 thousand inhabitants is the second largest city in Hungary. It is 220 kilometres far from Budapest having a rich history of more than 6 centuries. It is not only the cultural and scientific centre of the region, but also a marvellous place of various festivals and cultural events. Moreover, Debrecen is the city of a flourishing bath culture and a distinctive health centre as well.
One of the most popular events in Debrecen, the Flower Carnival keeps attracting large crowds from year to year on August 20, King St Stephen's day, founder of the state of Hungary, a national holiday. The Flower Festival of Debrecen is unique in Europe. Spectacular floral floats parade through the city along a route of almost five kilometres. The floats are accompanied by Hungarian and international performers, majorettes, flag twirlers and wind bands. Traditionally, the floats in the parade display the most imaginative scenes possible, made exclusively of various floral components. In fact, there may be as many as 3 million flowers used for the individual arrangements, most often including asters, carnations, dahlias, gerberas, pine or spruce twigs, and compositions of dry flowers. Between the individual floats in the procession, there is a fine selection of celebrated art ensembles from home and abroad, interspersed with dance troupes, orchestras, bands, and baton twirling majorette squads.
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