HLT & NLP within the Arabic world:

Arabic Language and local languages processing:

Status Updates and Prospects

Saturday 31st May 2008

09:00 – 17:50

Draft programme


09:00 - 09:20

Introduction: State-of-the-art, major issues and current initiatives for Arabic and Local languages

Khalid Choukri


09:20 - 10:00


Mona Diab

Invited speech: Arabic WordNet

Horacio Rodriguez,

Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics.

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain


10:05 - 11:45


Paolo Rosso

Oral Session: Applications and Technologies for Written language


Information retrieval in Arabic language

Malek Boualem, Ramzi Abbes


Methods for porting NL-based restricted e-commerce systems into other languages

Najeh Hajlaoui, Daoud Maher Daoud, Christian Boitet


Arabic-English translation improvement by target-side neural network language modeling

Maxim Khalilov, José A. R. Fonollosa, F. Zamora-Martínez, María J. Castro-Bleda, S. España-Boquera


Building an Arabic Morphological Analyzer as part of an Open Arabic NLP Platform

Lahsen Abouenour, Said El Hassani, Tawfiq Yazidy, Karim Bouzouba, Abdelfattah Hamdani


Arabic Named Entity Recognition using Conditional Random Fields

Yassine Benajiba and Paolo Rosso


11:45 - 12:00 

Coffee Break


12:00 - 13:30 

Poster Session


Automatic versus interactive analysis for the massive vowelization, tagging and lemmatization of Arabic

Fathi Debili,  Zied Ben Tahar


Can the building of corpus-based Arabic concordances with AraConc and DIINAR.1 tackle the issue of Arabic polyglossia?

Joseph Dichy and Ramzi Abbès


Morpho-syntactic tagging system for Arabic texts

A. Yousfi , A. El jihad, and L. Aouragh


Memory-Based Vocalization of Arabic

Sandra Kübler, Emad Mohamed


Towards a syntactic lexicon of Arabic Verbs

Noureddine Loukil, Kais Haddar, Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou


Automatic Morphological Rule Induction for Arabic

Ahmad Hany Hossny,  Khaled Shaalan, Aly Fahmy


Amazigh Data Base

El Mehdi Iazzi, Mohamed Outahajala


13:30- 14:30



14:30 - 15:30

Chair :Bente Maegaard

Oral Session: Applications and Technologies for Spoken language


Towards a human-machine spoken dialogue in Arabic

Younes Bahou, Lamia Hadrich Belguith, and Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou


Broadcast News Transcription Baseline System using the NEMLAR database

R. Bayeh, C. Mokbel, G. Chollet


Automatic Pronunciation Dictionary Toolkit for Arabic

Hussein Hiyassat, Mustafa Yaseen, Nihad Arabiat


15:30 - 16:30:

Chair: Abdelhadi Soudi


Oral Session: Arabic and varieties


Guidelines for Annotation of Arabic Dialectness

Nizar Habash, Owen Rambow, Mona Diab and Reem Kanjawi-Faraj


Language modeling for local and Modern Standard Arabic

Ilana Heintz, Chris Brew


Prague Arabic Dependency Treebank: A Word on the Million Words

Otakar Smrz, Viktor Bielicky, Iveta Kourilova, Jakub Kracmar, Jan Hajic, Petr Zemanek


16:30- 16:50

Coffee break


16:50 - 17:50


Khalid Choukri

Panel discussion: Arabic(s) and Language processing : basics & trends