Conf: AWNLP, Doha, Qatar, October 25, 2014

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Wed Sep 10 20:25:03 UTC 2014

Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:09:43 +0000
From: Houda Bouamor <hbouamor at>
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Call for Participation

Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop
collocated with EMNLP 2014, Doha, Qatar 

Workshop date: Saturday October 25, 2014

Workshop Website:   

List of Accepted Papers:



There has been a lot of progress in the last 15 years in the area of
Arabic Natural Language Processing (NLP). Many Arabic NLP (or Arabic
NLP-related) workshops and conferences have taken place, both in the
Arab World and in association with international conferences. This
workshop follows in the footsteps of previous efforts to provide a forum
for researchers to share and discuss their ongoing work.

We invited submissions on topics that include, but are not limited to,
the following:

* Basic core technologies: morphological analysis, disambiguation,
  tokenization, POS tagging, named entity detection, chunking, parsing,
  semantic role labeling, sentiment analysis, Arabic dialect modeling,

* Applications: machine translation, speech recognition, speech
  synthesis, optical character recognition, pedagogy, assistive
  technologies, social media, etc.

* Resources: dictionaries, annotated data, specialized databases etc.

Associated with the workshop was a shared task on Arabic text error

OVERALL SCHEDULE (October 25, 2014)

9:00-10:30  Session #1 Corpora
10:30-11:00 Break / Poster setup
11:00-12:00 Shared Task Session
11:00-11:30 Task description and summary of results
11:30-11:45 1-minute summary for shared task participants
11:45-12:15 Panel  / Group Discussion
12:15-12:30 Poster Teaser   1-minute poster summaries
12:30-14:00 Lunch / Poster Session (Main + Shared Task papers)
14:00-15:30 Session #2 Text Mining
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:10 Session #3 Translation & Transliteration
17:10-18:00 Workshop Group Discussion

Main Workshop Papers

Al-Bayan: An Arabic Question Answering System for the Holy Quran 
Heba Abdelnasser, Maha Ragab, Reham Mohamed, Alaa Mohamed, Bassant
Farouk, Nagwa El-Makky and Marwan Torki

Annotating corpus data for a constructional analysis of motion verbs in
Modern Standard Arabic 
Dana Abdulrahim

Building a Corpus for Palestinian Arabic: a Preliminary Study 
Diyam Akra, Nizar Habash, Mustafa Jarrar and Nasser Zalmout

Combining strategies for tagging and parsing Arabic 
Maytham Alabbas and Allan Ramsay

The International Corpus of Arabic: Compilation, Analysis and Evaluation 
Sameh Alansary

Uniform Word Segmentation Improves Dialectal Arabic to English Machine
Kamla Al-Mannai, Hassan Sajjad, Alaa Khader, Fahad Al Obaidli, Preslav
Nakov and Stephan Vogel

Automatic Arabic diacritics restoration based on deep nets	
Ahmad Al Sallab and Mohsen Rashwan

A Large Scale Arabic Sentiment Lexicon for Arabic Opinion Mining 
Gilbert Badaro, Ramy Baly, Hazem Hajj, Nizar Habash and Wassim El-Hajj

Transliteration of Arabizi into Arabic Orthography: Developing a
Parallel Annotated Arabizi-Arabic Script SMS/Chat Corpus 
Ann Bies, Stephen Grimes, Haejoong Lee, Mohamed Maamouri, Zhiyi Song,
Jonathan Wright, Ramy Nagah Eskander, Nizar Habash and Owen Rambow

Tunisian dialect Wordnet : creation and enrichment using web resources
and other Wordnets 
Rihab Bouchlaghem, Aymen Elkhlifi and Rim Faiz

Arabizi Detection and Conversion to Arabic	
Kareem Darwish

A Framework for Creating an MWE Computational Lexical Resource for
Dialectal Arabic 
Abdelati Hawwari, Mohammed Attia and Mona Diab

Domain and Dialect Adaptation for Machine Translation into Egyptian
Serena Jeblee, Weston Feely, Houda Bouamor, Alon Lavie, Nizar Habash and
Kemal Oflazer

Semantic Query Expansion for Arabic Information Retrieval 
Ashraf Y. Mahgoub, Mohsen A. Rashwan, Hazem Rafaat, Mohamed A. Zahran
and Magda B. Fayek

Arabic Native Language Identification 
Shervin Malmasi and Mark Dras

Using Twitter to Collect a Multi-Dialectal Corpus of Arabic 
Hamdy Mubarak and Kareem Darwish

Evaluating Distant Supervision for Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis
on Arabic Twitter Feeds 
Eshrag Refaee and Verena Rieser

AIDArabic A Named-Entity Disambiguation Framework for Arabic Text 
Mohamed Amir Yosef, Marc Spaniol and Gerhard Weikum

Named Entity Recognition System for Dialectal Arabic 
Ayah Zirikly and Mona Diab

Shared Task Papers

The First shared Task on Automatic Text Correction for Arabic 
Behrang Mohit, Alla Rozovskaya, Nizar Habash, Wajdi Zaghouani and Ossama

GWU-HASP: Hybrid Arabic Spelling and Punctuation Corrector	
Mona Diab, Mohammed Attia and Mohamed Al-Badrashiny

Arabic Spelling Correction using Supervised Learning 
Youssef Hassan, Mohamed Aly and Amir Atiya

CMUQ at The 2014 Automatic Arabic Error Correction Shared Task 
Serena Jeblee, Houda Bouamor, Wajdi Zaghouani and Kemal Oflazer

TECHLIMED system description for the Shared Task on Automatic Arabic
Error Correction 
Djamel Mostefa, Omar Asbayou and Ramzi Abbes

Automatic Correction of Arabic Text: a Cascaded Approach 
Hamdy Mubarak and Kareem Darwish

Fast and Robust Arabic Error Correction System 
Michael Nawar and Moheb Ragheb

The Columbia System in the QALB-2014 Shared Task on Arabic Error
Alla Rozovskaya, Nizar Habash, Ramy Eskander, Noura Farra and Wael

A Pipeline Approach to Supervised Automatic Error Correction 
Nadi Tomeh, Nizar Habash, Ramy Eskander and Joseph Le Roux

Autocorrection of arabic common errors for large text corpus 
Taha Zerrouki, Khaled Alhowaity and Amar Balla

Program Co-chairs
Nizar Habash, Columbia University
Stephan Vogel, Qatar Computing Research Institute

Publication Co-chairs
Nadi Tomeh, Paris 13 University
Houda Bouamor, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar

Website Committee
Kareem Darwish, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Noura Farra, Columbia University 

Shared Task Committee
Behrang Mohit (co-chair), Carnegie Mellon University Qatar
Alla Rozovskaya (co-chair), Columbia University
Wajdi Zaghouani, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar 
Ossama Obeid, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar
Nizar Habash (advisor), Columbia University 

Program Committee Members 

Abdelmajid Ben-Hamadou, University of Sfax, Tunisia
Abdelhadi Soudi, Ecole Nationale de l’Industrie Minérale, Morocco
Abdelsalam Nwesri, University of Tripoli, Libya
Achraf Chalabi , Microsoft Research, Egypt
Ahmed Ali, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
Ahmed Rafea, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Alexis Nasr,  University of Marseille, France
Ali Farghaly, Monterey Peninsula College, USA
Almoataz B. Al-Said, Cairo University, Egypt
Alon Lavie, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Aly Fahmy, Cairo University, Egypt
Azadeh Shakery, University of Tehran, Iran
Azzeddine Mazroui, University Mohamed I, Morocco	
Bassam Haddad, University of Petra, Jordan
Bayan Abu Shawar, Arab Open University, Jordan
Behrang Mohit, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, Qatar
Eric Atwell, University of Leeds, UK
Farhad	Oroumchian, University of Wollongong, Australia
Ghassan Mourad, Université Libanaise, Lebanon
Hassan Sawaf, eBay Inc., USA
Hazem Hajj, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Hend Alkhalifa, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Houda Bouamor, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, Qatar
Imed Zitouni, Microsoft Research, USA
Joseph Dichy, Université Lyon 2, France
Karim Bouzoubaa , Mohammad V University, Morocco
Karine	Megerdoomian, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Katrin Kirchhoff, University of Washington, USA
Kemal Oflazer, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, Qatar
Khaled Shaalan, The British University in Dubai, UAE
Khaled Shaban, Qatar University, Qatar
Khalil Sima’an, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lamia Hadrich Belguith, University of Sfax, Tunisia
Michael Rosner, University of Malta, Malta
Mohamed Elmahdy, Qatar University, Qatar
Mohsen Rashwan, Cairo University, Egypt
Mona Diab, George Washington University, USA
Mustafa Jarrar, Bir Zeit University, Palestine
Nada Ghneim, Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology, Syria
Nadi Tomeh, University Paris 13, France
Ossama Emam, IBM, USA
Otakar Smrž, Džám-e Džam Language Institute, Czech Republic
Owen Rambow, Columbia University, USA
Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
Ramzi Abbes, TECHLIMED, France
Salwa Hamada, Cairo University, Egypt
Shahram Khadivi, Tehran Polytechnic, Iran
Sherri Condon , The MITRE Corporation, USA
Taha Zerrouki, University of Bouira, Algeria
Violetta Cavalli-Sforza, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

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