Day (1): SUNDAY  5 November 2017

Registration   8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Opening and Welcome Messages 9.30 AM – 10.00 AM

Prof. Abdullah Al Shamsi, VC, The British University in Dubai, UAE
Prof. Khaled Shaalan, ACLing2017   Conference co-chair
Prof. Samhaa R. El-Beltagy, ACLing2017   Conference co-chair

10.00 AM – 11.00 AM Keynote speaker
Dr. Hazem Hajj, American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon

OMA: Artificial Intelligence Models and Resources for Opinion Mining in Arabic

11.00 AM -11.30 AM break

Session (1)     11.30 AM -12.50 PM
Arabic Dialect Applications                                      Session Chair: Dr. Hazem Hajj
  •  SOUKHRIA: Towards an Irony Detection System for Arabic in Social Media.  Jihen Karoui, Farah Benamara Zitoune and Véronique Moriceau.
  • Challenges in Sentiment Analysis for Arabic Social Networks.  Ghadah Alwakid, Taha Osman and Thomas Hughes Roberts.
  • Comparative Evaluation of Sentiment Analysis Methods Across Arabic Dialects.  Ramy Baly, Georges El-Khoury, Rawan Moukalled, Rita Aoun, Hazem Hajj, Wassim El-Hajj and Khaled Shaban.
  • AraSenTi-Tweet: A Corpus for Arabic Sentiment Analysis of Saudi Tweets. Nora Al-Twairesh, Hend Alkhalifa, Abdulmalik Al-Salman and Yousef Al-Ohali.

12.50 PM -2.00 PM Lunch Break

Session (2)     2.00 PM 3.20 PM
Arabic Resources                                                Session Chair: Prof. Dr.  Farid Meziane
  • Simplification of Arabic Masterpieces for Extensive Reading: A Project Overview. Muhamed Al Khalil, Nizar Habash and Hind Saddiki.
  • Developing Resources for Sentiment Analysis of Informal Arabic Text in Social Media.  Maher Itani, Chris Roast and Samir Al-Khayatt.
  • AraVec: A set of Arabic Word Embedding Models for use in Arabic NLP. Abu Bakr Soliman, Kareem Eissa, Samhaa R. El-Beltagy
  • Altruistic Crowdsourcing for Arabic Speech Corpus Annotation. Soumia Bougrine, Hadda Cherroun and Ahmed Abdelali.

3.20 PM – 3.50 PM Break

Session (3)    3.50 PM – 4.50 PM
Machine Translation and Text Summarization      Session Chair: Prof. Dr.  Samhaa R. El-Beltagy
  • Arabic Machine Transliteration using an Attention-based Encoder-decoder Model.  Mohamed Seghir Hadj Ameur, Farid Meziane and Ahmed Guessoum.
  • Errors and non-errors in English-Arabic machine translation of gender-bound constructs in technical texts.  Emad A. S. Abu-Ayyash.
  • Automatic Arabic Summarization: A survey of methodologies and systems. Lamees Al Qassem, Zaid Al Mahmoud, Di Wang, Hassan Barada, Ahmad Al-Rubaie and Nawaf Almoosa.

6.00 PM departure to visit Heritage Village

7.00-8.30 Social activity and Banquet



Day (2): MONDAY 6 November 2017

Session (1)     9.00 AM -10.20 AM
Speech Processing (I)                                       Session Chair: Prof. Dr.  Kamel Smaili
  • Development of the Arabic Loria Automatic Speech Recognition system (ALASR) and its evaluation for Algerian dialect. Mohamed Amine Menacer, Odile Mella, Dominique Fohr, Denis Jouvet, David Langlois and Kamel Smaili.
  • Transform-based Arabic sign language recognition. Ala Addin Sidig, Hamzah Luqman and Sabri Mahmoud.
  • The Role of Diacritics in Designing Lexical Recognition Tests for Arabic. Osama Hamed and Torsten Zesch.
  • Towards the supervised machine learning and the conceptual segmentation technique in the spontaneous Arabic speech understanding.  Younès Bahou, Mohamed Hédi Maaloul and Emna Boughariou.

10.20 AM-10.50 AM break

Session (2)     10.50 AM 12.10 PM

Semantic Tools and Ressources                                            Session Chair: Dr.  Emad A. S. Abu-Ayyash

  • A Rich Arabic WordNet Resource for Al-Hadith Al-Shareef.  Manar Alkhatib, Khaled Shaalan and Azza Abdel Monem.
  • ASRextractor: A Tool extracting Semantic Relations between Arabic Named Entities.  Fatma Ben Mesmia, Fatma Zid, Kais Haddar and Denis Maurel.
  • Dynamic Similarity Threshold in Authorship Verification: Evidence from Classical Arabic.  Hossam Ahmed.
  • Arabic Question Answering Using Ontology.  Ali Albarghothi, Feras Khater and Khaled Shaalan.

12.15 PM-1.15 PM Lunch break

Session (3)     1.20 PM – 2.40 PM
Applications                                                              Session Chair:  Prof. Dr. Ismaïl Biskri
  • The Applicative Combinatory Categorial Analysis of Arabic.  Ismaïl Biskri.
  • Automatic Minimal Diacritization of Arabic Texts.  Rehab Alnefaie and Aqil Azmi.
  • Arabic Arithmetic Word Problems Solver.  Bilal Siyam, Amjad Abu Saa, Omar Alqaryouti and Khaled Shaalan.
  • Building a First Language Model for Code-switch Arabic-English.  Injy Hamed, Mohamed Elmahdy and Slim Abdennadher.

2.40 PM – 3.10 PM break

Session (4)     3.10 PM – 4.30 PM                               Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Khaled Shaalan
Speech Processing (II)
  • Hybrid approach for conceptual segmentation of spontaneous Arabic oral utterances.  Younès Bahou, Mohamed Hédi Maaloul and Hend Abbassi.
  • A Novel Arabic Text-independent Speaker Verification System based on Fuzzy Hidden Markov Model.  Rania Ghoniem and Khaled Shaalan.
  • Enhancing Visualization in Readability Reports for Arabic Texts. Hind Saddiki, Violetta Cavalli-Sforza and Karim Bouzoubaa.

4:15-5:00 Closing Session