Computational Linguistics and Arabic Content Workshop

Computational Linguistics and Arabic Content Workshop

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(Thursday 8/10/2015, 10:00-12:30)

The 4th Palestinian Symposium on Computational Linguistics and Arabic Content (iArabic’2015)

In Cooperation with Sina Institute for Knowledge and Engineering in Arabic Technologies - Birzeit University

Chairs:   Dr. Mahmoud Alsaheb (PPU), Dr. Mustafa Jarar (BZU)

Workshop in Brief

Arabic is one of the most spoken languages worldwide. Despite its old and rich culture and content, its religious and political significance, and the economical importance of its speaking communities, however little success was achieved in developing Arabic-based technologies and Arabic content on the Web. One of the main reasons is that, research in this topic was mostly conducted by non-Arabic speaking researchers –with a limited engagement of Arab researchers. The goal of this symposium is: to encourage research on Arabic technologies and content at Palestine universities; to encourage cooperation between researchers in IT, linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive sciences, philosophy, and other disciplines; to strengthen the relationship between academia and industry for developing smart language-based applications; and to enable networking and cooperation on future project proposals.

Target Audience:

  1. Researchers and students in IT-related fields.
  2. Researchers and students in linguistics and psycholinguistics fields.
  3. Researchers and students in Philosophy, cognitive sciences, and other related fields.
  4. Companies developing or using Arabic technologies.
  5. Public and private institutions using Arabic technologies or facing language-related challenges.


We welcome presentations about ongoing research, as well as, applications and use cases related the following topics:

  • Arabic and Natural Language Processing: multilingual search engines, stemming, tagging summarization, translation, generation, named-entity recognition, OCR, data mining, question answering, speech recognition, word sense disambiguation, cross-lingual information retrieval.
  • Linguistic Resources and Corpus Engineering.
  • Creating and Consuming Arabic Content on the Web.
  • Social Media and Arabic Content.
  • Arabic Libraries and Archives.
  • Big Data NLP and Multilingualism

Planned Presentations / Speakers



Quality Assessment of Arabic Web Documents

Adnan Yahya, Joint work with Ali Salhi, Afnan Ahmad, Khater,  and Walaa Assaf

Curras: An Annotated Corpus for the Palestinian Arabic Dialect

Mustafa Jarrar, Nizar Habash, Faeq Alrimawi, Diyam Akra

Utilizing Arabic Natural Language Processing Tools in Automated Software Engineering

Nabil Arman, Faisal Khamayseh, Ibrahim Nassar, Sari Jabarin

Programming in Arabic

Taroub Ahmad Mustafa. Sa'ed

AgriDPalmOnto: An Ontology-Based Approach for Diagnosing Date Palm Diseases

Rebhi S. Baraka , Mahmoud N. Askary

Arabic Opinion Summarization


Alaa M. El-Halees