Appel: Arabic Natural Language Processing Session (ANLP-ACIT'2008)

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Jun 6 14:23:34 UTC 2008

Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 15:53:29 +0200
From: "Lamia Hadrich Belguith" <l.belguith at>
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CALL For Papers ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Arabic Natural Language Processing Session  (ANLP-ACIT'2008)

at the International Arab Conference on Information Technology

December 16-18, 2008  Hammamet, Tunisia
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Session Description

Arabic language is spoken in more than 20 countries. It is the native
language of over 200 million people.

Arabic is considered among the languages that are difficult to process

Nevertheless, the necessity of Arabic NLP systems is being essential
especially with the Internet explosion.

Thus, the need to help Arabic people to have access to information and
technologies in their mother tongues is being of great importance.

The aim of this session is to bring together researchers and
industrials that are actively involved in Arabic language processing
and give them an opportunity to exchange ideas, approaches and
implementations of computational systems; to discuss the common
challenges faced by all practitioners; and to assess the state of the
art in the field. In addition, one of the aims of this session is to
identify promising areas for future collaborative research in the
development of Arabic NLP systems.

This session includes but is not limited to the following topics:
* Part of speech tagging
* Morphological analysis and generation
* Shallow and deep parsing
* Word sense and syntactic disambiguation
* Semantic analysis
* Information retrieval
* Information extraction
* Question answering
* Text clustering and classification
* Text summarization
* Text and web content  mining
* Named entity recognition

Session chairs :
 Lamia Hadrich Belguith, Bilel Gargouri & Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou 
(LARIS-MIRACL, University of Sfax, Tunisia)
ACIT Keynote speakers:

Prof. Ali Farghaly (Oracle, USA)
Keynote Speech Title: Arabic language processing: Overview, current
applications and leader projects
Prof. Abdel Belaïd (LORIA, Nancy- France)
Keynote Speech Title: Arabic Language Recognition
Richard Thomas Watson (University of Georgia)
Keynote Speech Title: The Business of Open Source

Submissions must be in English. Authors are invited to submit a paper
of 8 pages (in Postscript or PDF) to : 
Bilel Gargouri  (bilel.gargouri at
With a CC to :
Lamia Hadrich Belguith (l.belguith at  
and  (bilel.gargouri at

Instructions for preparing the manuscript are available on :


Papers will be evaluated at least by two reviewers for originality,
significance, clarity, and contribution. Submitted Papers must not
have been previously published or currently submitted for publication

Important dates: 
Paper Submission: July 15, 2008
Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2008 
Camera-ready submission & registration: October 1, 2008
Conference period: December 16-18, 2008


Program Committee: 

·        Lamia Hadrich Belguith (LARIS-MIRACL/FSEGS, Tunisie)  

·        Bilel Gargouri (MIRACL/FSEGS, Tunisie)

·        Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou (MIRACL/ISIMS, Tunisie) 

·        Ali Farghali (Oracle, USA)

·        Khalid Choukri (ELDA, France)

·        Malek Boualem (France Telecom R&D, France)

·        Philippe Blache (LPL-Université de Provence, France) 

·        Khaled Chaalene (Université du Caire, Egypte)  

·        Joseph Dichy (Université Lumière-Lyon 2, France)  

·        Farid Meziane (Salford University, Manchester)

·        Mona Diab (Columbia University, USA)

·        Mariem Ellouze (MIRACL/ECS, Tunisie)

·        Hatem Ghorbel (CGC- Lausanne, Suisse)  

·        Maher Jaoua (MIRACL/FSEGS, Tunisie)

·        Chafik Aloulou (LARIS-MIRACL/FSEGS, Tunisie)

·        Selim Mesfar  (Université de Franche-Comté, France)

·        Kais Haddar (MIRACL/FSS, Tunisie) 


Contact : 
For any additional information, Please contact Bilel Gargouri
(bilel.gargouri at 

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