Arabic Language Technology International Conference (ALTIC) 2011 Second Call for Papers (October 9-10, 2011).

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ALTIC is organized by the Arabic Language Technology Center (ALTEC) which is an Egyptian Non-profit Organization aiming at promoting applications of Human Language Technologies for Arabic and strengthening linkage between academia and industry in this area nationally and internationally. ALTEC is governed by a Board of Trustees from Academia and Industry. The members of the board are:

Dr. Aly Fahmy, Cairo University, President

Dr. Ossama Emam, IBM-Egypt, Vice President

Dr. Mohamed Afify, Orange-Egypt, Treasurer

Dr. Mohsen Rashwan, RDI, Member and Executive Director

Dr. Mohamed Waleed Fakhr, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime, Member

Dr. Sherif Abdou, Cairo University, Member

Dr. Ahmed Rafea, American University in Cairo, Member


This conference is a continuation of two previous conferences organized by the Network for Euro-Mediterranean Language Resources project (NEMLR) and MEDAR project which was an extension of NEMLAR project. The purpose of this third Arabic Language Technology International Conference (ALTIC) is to bring together researchers, engineers. Linguists, and practitioners interested in the technological advances and business applications of Arabic language. The conference has seven main tracks, covering different aspects of human language technologies with emphasis on Arabic language.

ALTIC focuses on real world applications; therefore authors should highlight the benefits of their work for industry and services, in addition to academic applications. Ideas on how to enhance different information and knowledge systems, using human language technology, will arise from the conference. Papers describing advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques and general survey papers indicating future directions are also encouraged. Both technological and social-oriented papers are accepted. All papers must describe original work, not previously published or submitted to another conference. Accepted papers, presented at the conference by one of the authors, will be published in the Proceedings of ALTIC. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. Both full research reports and work-in-progress reports are welcome.

Special sessions

Special sessions will be held to:

  • Discuss the results of the first ALTEC competition on ALTEC Information Retrieval (IR) Evaluation Competition,
  • Discuss the results of the first Arabic Handwritten and Printed Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Competition, and
  • Present and discuss the outcomes of the study conducted by ALTEC to develop a Road Map for Arabic Language Technology Development in Egypt and the Arab Region.

Conference Areas

AREA 1: Text Processing

  • Morphological Analysis and Synthesis
  • Part of Speech Tagging
  • Rule based Parsing
  • Statistical Parsing
  • Treebank Building
  • Learning Grammars
  • Ambiguity Resolution
  • Word Sense Disambiguation
  • Anaphora Resolution
  • Discourse Models
  • Representation of linguistic knowledge
  • language understanding/generation

AREA 3: Speech Processing

  • Speech Analysis/Synthesis
  • Speech Recognition/Understanding
  • Spoken Dialog Systems
  • Spoken Language Processing
  • Speech Summarization
  • Phonetics/Phonology
  • Text to Speech
  • Language Recognition

AREA 5: Information Retrieval (IR)

  • Enterprise Search, Intranet, Desktop
  • Web Information Retrieval
  • Digital libraries
  • Distributed IR, peer to peer IR, Mobile IR
  • Multimedia  Information Retrieval
  • Cross-language retrieval,   Multilingual Retrieval
  • Topic Detection and Tracking,
  • Question Answering
  • Indexing, Query representation, Query reformulation, Structure-based representation, XML
  • Metadata, Social networking/tagging
  • Evaluation methods and metrics, Experimental design, Test collection
  • Interactive IR, User studies, User models, Task-based IR
  • Domain-specific IR
  • Blog and online-community search
  • Degraded Information Retrieval
AREA 2: Text Mining

  • Text Categorization
  • Text Clustering
  • Opinion and sentiment Mining
  • Visualization Techniques
  • Metadata Generation
  • Information Extraction
  • Text Classification
  • Text Purification
  • Text Segmentation
  • Text Summarization
  • Query Structures
  • Trend Detection

AREA 4: Machine Translation

  • MT methodologies and techniques: RBMT,EBMT.SMT
  • Integrating RMT and SMT
  • Speech -to-speech translation
  • Machine Assisted Translation
  • Practical MT Systems for Localization, e-commerce, and others
  • Human factors in MT and user interfaces
  • MT embedded in web search, and other services
  • MT evaluation methodologies and tools
  • Dictionaries and lexica for MT
  • Text and speech corpora for MT

AREA 6: Optical Character Recognition

  • Off-line Handwriting Recognition
  • On-line  Handwriting Recognition
  • Printed Text Recognition
  • Distributed and Cooperative OCR Systems

AREA 7: Education and Special Needs

  • Intelligent Computer Assisted Language Learning System for Arabic Learners
  • Automatic Essay Scoring
    • Story Animation