The Third Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop


co-located with EACL 2017, Valencia, Spain


Important Dates

Nov 8, 2016: First Call for Workshop Papers

Dec 7, 2016: Second Call for Workshop Papers

Jan 23, 2017: Workshop Paper Due Date (Deadline Extended)

Feb 11, 2017: Notification of Acceptance

Feb 21, 2017: Camera-ready papers due

Monday April 3, 2017: Workshop Date (one day workshop)

Workshop Description

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. Examples include the following:

  • The First Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop at EMNLP 2014, and The Second Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop at ACL 2015.
  • The 1st  and 2nd Workshop on Arabic Corpora and Processing Tools (LREC 2014, LREC 2016).
  • The conference on Arabic Language Resources and Tools (MEDAR-2009, NEMLAR-2004).
  • The workshop on Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages (LREC 2010, EACL 2009, ACL 2007, ACL 2005, ACL 2002, ACL 1998).
  • The workshop on Computational Approaches to Arabic Script-based Languages (MTSummit XII 2009, LSA 2007, COLING 2004).
  • The International Symposium on Computer and Arabic Language (ISCAL 2009, ISCAL 2007)

This workshop follows in the footsteps of these efforts to provide a forum for researchers to share and discuss their ongoing work. This workshop is timely given the continued rise in research projects focusing on Arabic NLP. 

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, corpus, 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 Submission Instructions

Paper Length: Submissions are expected to be up to 8 pages long plus any number of pages for references.

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...

Submission Website:

Blind Reviewing Policy: The workshop follows a blind reviewing policy. The authors should omit their names and affiliations from the paper and avoid self-references that reveal their identity. Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. 

Multiple Submission Policy: Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time. Authors must inform organizers immediately once a paper is to be withdrawn from the workshop for any reason. Attempting to publish the same paper or with a large overlap (50%) may lead to rejection of the paper even after an acceptance notification have gone out. 

Workshop Schedule

The workshop is a one-day event. The full workshop schedule will be announced after the camera ready deadline.

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

  • Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Mohammad Abushariah, The University of Jordan, Jordan
  • Almoataz Al-Said, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Ahmed Ali, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
  • Hend Alkhalifa, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  • Lamia Hadrich Belguith, University of Sfax, Tunisia
  • Abdelmajid Ben-Hamadou, University of Sfax, Tunisia
  • Houda Bouamor, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, Qatar
  • Ibrahim Bounhas, LISI computing laboratory for industrial systems, Carthage University,Tunisia
  • Karim Bouzoubaa, Mohammad V University, Morocco
  • Achraf Chalabi, Microsoft Research, Egypt
  • Khalid Choukri, ELDA, European Language Resource Association, France
  • Kareem Darwish, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
  • Mona Diab, George Washington University, USA
  • Joseph Dichy, Université Lyon 2, France
  • Mohamed Elmahdy, Qatar University, Qatar
  • Ramy Eskander, Columbia University, USA 
  • Aly Fahmy, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Ali Farghaly, Monterey Peninsula College, USA
  • Nada Ghneim, Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology, Syria
  • Nizar Habash, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Bassam Haddad, University of Petra, Jordan
  • Hazem Hajj, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Salwa Hamada, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Mustafa Jarrar, Bir Zeit University, Palestine
  • Shahram Khadivi, Tehran Polytechnic, Iran
  • Mohamed Maamouri, Linguistic Data Consortium, USA
  • Walid Magdy, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
  • Azzeddine Mazroui, University Mohamed I, Morocco
  • Emad Mohamed, Suez Canal University, Egypt
  • 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
  • Abdelsalam Nwesri, University of Tripoli, Libya
  • Kemal Oflazer, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, Qatar
  • Ahmed Rafea, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Owen Rambow, Columbia University, 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
  • Stephan Vogel, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
  • Samantha Wray, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
  • Wajdi Zaghouani, Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar
  • Taha Zerrouki, University of Bouira, Algeria
  • Imed Zitouni, Microsoft Research, USA