Arabic Natural Language Processing Session (ANLP-ACIT’2008)

Venue: Hammamet

Location: Hammamet, Tunisia

Event Date/Time: Dec 16, 2008 End Date/Time: Dec 18, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Jul 15, 2008
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Session Description:
Arabic language is spoken in more than 20 countries and it is the native language of over 200 million people. Thus, the need to help Arabic people to have access to information and technologies in their mother tongues is being of great importance especially with the Internet explosion. Hence, the necessity of Arabic NLP systems is being essential. Nevertheless, Arabic is considered among the languages that are difficult to process automatically.
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 Laboratory, University of Sfax, Tunisia)
ACIT Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Ali Farghaly (Oracle, USA)
Keynote Speech Title: Arabic Language Processing: Overview, State of the Art, Challenges and Opportunities

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 (
With a CC to :
Lamia Hadrich Belguith (
and (

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 elsewhere.
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:
• Chafik Aloulou (LARIS-MIRACL/FSEGS, Tunisia)
• Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou (MIRACL/ISIMS, Tunisia)
• Lamia Hadrich Belguith (LARIS-MIRACL/FSEGS, Tunisia)
• Philippe Blache (LPL-Université de Provence, France)
• Malek Boualem (France Telecom R&D, France)
• Khaled Chaalan (Université du Caire, Egypte)
• Khalid Choukri (ELDA, France)
• Mona Diab (Columbia University, USA)
• Joseph Dichy (Université Lumière-Lyon 2, France)
• Mariem Ellouze (MIRACL/ECS, Tunisia)
• Ali Farghali (Oracle, USA)
• Bilel Gargouri (MIRACL/FSEGS, Tunisia)
• Hatem Ghorbel (CGC- Lausanne, Suisse)
• Kais Haddar (MIRACL/FSS, Tunisia)
• Maher Jaoua (MIRACL/FSEGS, Tunisia)
• Selim Mesfar (Université de Franche-Comté, France)
• Farid Meziane (Salford University, Manchester)

For any additional information, Please contact Bilel Gargouri (