4th International Conference on Arabic Computational Linguistics (ACLing 2018) • November 17-19, 2018 • Dubai, UAE

Conference Venue: The British University in Dubai

Day (1): Saturday  17 November 2018

Registration   8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – British Univ. in Dubai Reception

Opening and Welcome Messages 9.30 AM – 10.00 AM

Prof. Abdullah Al Shamsi, VC, The British University in Dubai, UAE
Prof. Khaled Shaalan, ACLing2018   Conference co-chair
Prof. Samhaa R. El-Beltagy, ACLing2018   Conference co-chair

 Keynote speaker 10.00 AM – 11.00 AM
Dr. Walid Magdy, the School of Informatics, the University of Edinburgh (UoE), UK

Beyond Developing Basic Arabic NLP Tools, the Era of Social Media Analysis

11.00 AM -11.30 AM break

  • Each presentation will be 20 mins including questions
Session (1)     11.30 AM -12.50 PM
Topic:    Arabic Sentiment Analysis: Resources and Applications
Chair:  Dr. Walid Magdy
  • MoArLex: An Arabic Sentiment Lexicon Built Through Automatic Lexicon Expansion
    Mohab Youssef, Samhaa El-Beltagy
  • Sentiment lexicon for sentiment analysis of Saudi dialect tweets
    Abdulmohsen Althubaity, Qubayl Alqahtani, Abdulaziz Aljandal
  • Sentiment Analysis of Users on Social Networks: Overcoming the challenge of the Loose Usages of the Algerian Dialect
    Assia Soumeur, Mheni Mokdadi, Ahmed Guessoum, Amina Daoud
  • Sentiment Analysis of Arabic Tweets using Deep Learning
    Maha Heikal, Marwan Torki, Nagwa El-Makky

12:50 PM-2.00 PM Lunch Break

Session (2)     2.00 PM 3.00 PM
Topic: Arabic Linguistics Resources (I)
Chair: Dr.  Violetta Cavalli-Sforzaa
  • DAWQAS: A Dataset for Arabic Why Question Answering System
    Walaa Saber Ismail, Masun Nabhan Homsi
  • Automatic Construction of E-Government Services Ontology from Arabic Webpages
    Ali Albarghothi, Khaled Shaalan, Walaa Saber Ismail
  • A Lexical Distance Study of Arabic Dialects
    Kathrein Abu Kwiak,  Motaz Saad, Stergios Chatzikyriakidis and Simon Dobnik

3.00 PM – 3.20 PM Break

Session (3)    3:20 PM – 4:20 PM
Topic: Studies on Arabic Computational Linguistics (I)
Chair:  Prof. Dr. Ahmed Guessoum
  • Arabic Readability Research: Current State and Future Directions
    Violetta Cavalli-Sforzaa, Hind Saddikib, Naoual Nassiric
  • The Constitution of an Arabic Touristic Corpus
    Chahira Lhioui, Anis Zouaghi and Mounir Zrigui
  • Graph-based Arabic NLP Techniques: A Survey
    Wael Etaiwi and Arafat Awajan

4:20 PM – 5:00 PM Networking and Academic Activities



Day (2): Sunday 18 November 2018

Session (1)     9.30 AM -10.30 AM
Topic: Arabic Linguistics Resources (II)
Chair: Prof. Dr.  Khaled Shaalan
  • SUAR: Towards Building a Corpus for the Saudi Dialect
    Nora Al-Twairesh, Rawan Al-Matham, Nora Madi, Nada Almugren, Al-Hanouf Al-Aljmi, Shahad Alshalan, Raghad Alshalan, Nafla Alrumayyan, Shams Al-Manea Al-Manea, Sumayah Bawazeer, Nourah Al-Mutlaq, Nada Almanea, Waad Bin Huwaymil, Dalal Alqusair, Reem Alotaibi, Suha Al-Senaydi and Abeer Alfutamani
  • The Building and Evaluation of a Mobile Parallel Multi-Dialect Speech Corpus for Arabic
    Khalid Almeman
  • A Monolingual Parallel Corpus of Arabic
    Fatima Al-Raisi, Wejian Lin, Abdelwahab Bourai

10:30 AM-10:50 AM break

Session (2)     10.50 PM – 12.10 PM
Topic: Natural Language Processing Tools
Chair: Prof. Dr.   Ashraf Elnagar
  • Representing Meaning of Arabic Sentence Dynamically and more Smoothly
    Yousuf Aboamer, Marcus Kracht
  • Word-Level vs Sentence-Level Language Identification: Application to Algerian and Arabic Dialects
    Mohamed Lichouri, Mourad Abbas, Abed Alhakim Freihat, Dhiya El Hak Megtouf
  • Towards an Optimal Solution to Lemmatization in Arabic
    Abed Alhkaim Freihat, Mourad Abbas, Gabor Bella, Fausto Giunchiglia
  • An Annotated Huge Dataset for Standard and Colloquial Arabic Reviews for Subjective SentimentAnalysis
    Ashraf Elnagar, Leena Lulu and Omar Einea

12:10 PM-1:20 PM Lunch break

Session (3)  1:20 PM – 2:40 PM
Topic: Deep Learning   in Arabic NLP
Chair:  Dr.  Abed Alhkaim Freihat
  • A Proposed Arabic Grammatical Error Detection Tool Based on Deep Learning
    Nora Madi and Hend S. Al-Khalifa
  • Automatic Arabic Dialect Classification Using Deep Learning Models
    Leena Lulu and Ashraf Elnagar
  • A Context Integrated Model for Multi-label Emotion Detection
    Ahmed Emad Samy, Samhaa El-Beltagy and Ehab Hassanien
  • Paraphrasing Arabic Metaphor with Neural Machine Translation
    Manar Alkhatib and Khaled Shaalan

2:40 PM – 3:10 PM break

Session (4)     3:10 PM – 4.30 PM
Topic:  Studies on Arabic Computational Linguistics (II)
Chair: Prof. Dr.
 Samhaa El-Beltagy
  • Detecting rumors in social media: A survey
    Samah Alzanin, Aqil Azmi
  • Implementation of A Neural Natural Language Understanding Component for Arabic Dialogue Systems
    Abdallah Bashir, Abubakr Hassan, Benjamin Rosman, Daniel Duma, Mohanad Ahmed
  • Cross-Language Learning for Arabic Relation Extraction
    Nasrin Taghizadeh, Hesham Faili and Jalal Maleki
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  Awarding and Closing ceremony
5.30 PM departure to take cruise from Festival Mall

7.00-10.00 Social activity and Banquet (Complementary Canal Cruise)

  • Kindly note, that duration of the conference has been reduced to two days (17-18 Nov. 2018) due to a potential national holiday on the 19th in which case the university will be closed.