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WANLP 2017 : The Third Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop


When Apr 3, 2017 - Apr 4, 2017
Where Valencia, Spain. Co-located with EACL'17
Submission Deadline Jan 28, 2017
Notification Due Feb 11, 2017
Final Version Due Feb 21, 2017
Categories    arabic nlp   speech recognition   annotated data   machine translation

Call For Papers

Dear all, due to several requests, we extend the submission deadline to January 23 2017.
Regards, Workshop Organizers
Apologies for multiple postings. Please distribute to colleagues
The Third Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop (WANLP-2017)
co-located with EACL 2017, Valencia, Spain
For more information, please visit:
Nov 8, 2016: First Call for Workshop Papers
Dec 7, 2016: Second Call for Workshop Papers
Jan 28, 2017 (midnight PST): Workshop Paper Due Date
Feb 11, 2017: Notification of Acceptance
Feb 21, 2017: Camera-ready papers due
Monday April 3, 2017: Workshop Date (one day workshop)
Arabic is a challenging language for the field of computational linguistics. This is due to many factors including its complex and rich morphology, its high degree of ambiguity as well as the presence of a number of dialects that vary quite widely. Arabic is also a language with important geopolitical connections. It is spoken by over 400 million people in countries with varying degrees of prosperity and stability. It is the primary language of the latest world refugee problem affecting the Middle East and Europe. The opportunities that are made possible by working on this language and its dialects cannot be underestimated in their consequence on the Arab World, the Mediterranean Region and the rest of the World.
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.
We invite 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, etc.
-Applications: machine translation, speech recognition, speech synthesis, optical character recognition, pedagogy, assistive technologies, social media, etc.
-Resources: dictionaries, annotated data, etc.
Submissions may include work in progress as well as finished work. Submissions must have a clear focus on specific issues pertaining to the Arabic language whether it is standard Arabic, dialectal, or mixed. Papers on other languages sharing problems faced by Arabic NLP researchers such as Semitic languages or languages using Arabic script are welcome. Additionally, papers on efforts using Arabic resources but targeting other languages are also welcome. Descriptions of commercial systems are welcome, but authors should be willing to discuss the details of their work.
Paper Length: Submissions are expected to be up to 8 pages long plus any number of pages for references.
Submission Page:
Submission Format: Submissions must be in PDF and prepared using LaTeX. The format must conform to the official style guidelines for EACL 2017. The only accepted format is the EACL-2017 LaTeX template and no other format will be accepted such as Microsoft Word or Open Office etc...
Invited Speaker
The workshop will feature a keynote talk by Stephan Vogel from Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI).
Workshop Organizers
General Chair: Nizar Habash
Program Chairs: Mona Diab, Kareem Darwish, Wassim El-Hajj, Hend Alkhalifa, and Houda Bouamor
Publication Chairs: Nadi Tomeh and Mahmoud El-Haj
Publicity Chairs: Fethi Bougares and Wajdi Zaghouani
Program Committee Members
Ahmed Abdelali, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
Nora Al-Twairesh, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Areeb Alowsiheq, Imam University, KSA
Salha Alzahrani, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
Almoataz B. Al-Said, Cairo University, Egypt
Alberto Barrón-Cedeño, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
Fethi Bougares, Le Mans University, France
Tim Buckwalter, University of Maryland, USA
Violetta Cavalli-Sforza, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Abeer Dayel, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Tamer Elsayed, Qatar University, Qatar
Ossama Emam, IBM, USA
Ramy Eskander, Columbia University, USA
Nizar Habash, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE
Bassam Haddad, University of Petra, Jordan
Hazem Hajj, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Maha Jarallah Althobaiti, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
Azzeddine Mazroui, University Mohamed I, Morocco
Karine Megerdoomian, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Ghassan Mourad, Université Libanaise, Lebanon
Hamdy Mubarak, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
Preslav Nakov, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
Alexis Nasr, University of Marseille, France
Kemal Oflazer, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, Qatar
Eshrag Refaee, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia
Hassan Sawaf, eBay Inc., USA
Khaled Shaalan, The British University in Dubai, UAE
Khaled Shaban, Qatar University, Qatar
Otakar Smrž, Džám-e Džam Language Institute, Czech Republic
Nadi Tomeh, University Paris 13, France
Wajdi Zaghouani, Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar
Imed Zitouni, Microsoft Research, USA

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