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Invited session on Arabic Natural Language Processing: Models, Systems and Applications

Invited session on “Arabic Natural Language Processing:Models, Systems and Applications” will be held on 21-22 October 2014 within IEEE CIST’14, in Tetuan-Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Language technologies are instrumental to millions of people who use them every day without even being aware of them. Systems like Google Translate and web search engines rely more and more on levels of linguistic information automatically provided through NLP-based tools operating in the background. This development, we believe, has deeply affected the way we think about language from a scientific perspective. Linguists have progressively turned the focus of their research from abstract structural properties of language to the dynamics of its usage in every-day communicative contexts. There is increasing awareness that language technologies and computational models of language processes not only shed considerable light on traditional issues in language and literary studies but may also lead to a radical reconceptualization of them. Theoretical models of aspects of language usage such as language acquisition, lexical access, speech recognition, text translation, text analysis, ontology extraction, reading and optical character recognition can be put to a rigorous empirical test through computer-based implementations of some of their assumptions. In this perspective, computer technologies prove to provide an empirical middle ground where interdisciplinary insights coming from different theoretical standpoints and scientific domains can be empirically assessed and possibly integrated.
This special session is intended to explore and debate the contribution of computational language models to a better understanding of linguistic, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, historical and literary issues of the Arabic language and culture. We particularly welcome contributions addressing fundamental aspects of Arabic NLP, communication technology, language resources and automated text analysis by looking at their implications for both state-of-the-art language technologies and Arabic language knowledge at large.


We solicit submission of original ideas and papers describing significant results and developments from both researchers and practitioners in a specific range of fields addressing the following topics:
  • Information retrieval and extraction
  • Text mining
  • Named entity recognition
  • Question answering 
  • Word sense disambiguation
  • Machine Translation
  • Stochastic language models
  • Connectionist language models
  • Language technologies for Arabic cultural heritage
  • Arabic optical character recognition
  • Arabic digital epigraphy


Vito Pirrelli, Institute for Computational Linguistics CNR, Pisa Italy 
Arsalane Zarghili, FST University of Fez, Morocco

Organizing Committee

Ouafae Nahli, ILC-CNR Pisa, Italy
Claudia Marzi, ILC-CNR Pisa, Italy
Ismail Jellouli, FST, UAE, Tetuan, Morocco
Ahmed Zinedine, FSDM, USMBA, Fez, Morocco
Marcello Ferro, ILC-CNR Pisa, Italy
Eva Sassolini, ILC-CNR Pisa, Italy
Sebastiana Cuccurullo, ILC-CNR Pisa, Italy
Angelo Del Grosso, ILC-CNR Pisa, Italy


Scientific Committee

  • Sami Boudelaa, Department of Linguistics University Al Ain, United Arab Emirates 
  • Federico Boschetti, Institute for Computational Linguistics CNR, Pisa Italy 
  • Houda Bouamor, Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar
  • Violetta Cavalli-Sforza,  Al Akhawayn University, Morocco 
  • Ilham Chaker, FST University of Fez, Morocco
  • Yacine El Younoussi, ENSA of Tetuan, Morocco
  • Nizar Habash, Center for Computational Learning Systems, Columbia University 
  • Nabil Hathout, CNRS Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, France 
  • Azzedine Mazroui, University of Oujda, Morocco
  • Behrang Mohit, Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar
  • Kemal Oflazer, Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar
  • Vito Pirrelli, Institute for Computational Linguistics CNR, Pisa Italy
  • Horacio Rodriguez,  Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Spain
  • Abdelhadi Soudi,  Ecole Nationale de l'Industrie Minérale, Rabat Morocco  
  • Youssef Tahir, University Hassan 2 of Casablanca Morocco
  • François Yvon, LIMSI CNRS Université de Paris-Sud, France
  • Arsalane Zarghili, FST University of Fez, Morocco
  • Mohamed EL Hannach, FLSH University of Fez, Morocco 
  • Jamal Kharroubi, FST University of Fez, Morocco 
  • Abdelhak Lakhouaja, FST University of Oujda, Morocco 

Papers submissions

Prospective authors should submit, by using the online abstract submission form, an extended abstract of 4 to 6 pages max (including references) in English, French or Arabic. However, accepted submissions will be required to be in scholarly English for publication in the conference proceedings. Please also use the IEEE Manuscript template.


Accepted papers will be published in the proceeding in the IEEE Xplore Library. Furthermore, authors of high quality contributions will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for potential publication in a special issue/section of an international journal.

Accepted papers must be registered; otherwise they will not be included in the IEEE Xplore Library. 



Paper Submission:  April 15, 2014 / April 30, 2014
Acceptance Notification: May 30, 2014
Camera-ready Submission: June 23, 2014
Author Registration: July  23, 2014
Invited session Date: October 21, 22 2014
At least one of the co-authors of every paper should register.

Contact information

Detailed and up-to-date information about IEEE CIST’14, Tetuan-Chefchaouen and Morocco can be accessed through the colloquium’s website http://www.ieee.ma/cist14/, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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ANLP Important Dates

Paper Submission

April 15, 2014 / April 30, 2014


Acceptance Notification

May 30, 2014


Camera-ready Submission

June 23, 2014


Author Registration

July 23 2014


Conference Dates

October 20-22, 2014

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