2nd International Conference on
Arabic Computational Linguistics

April 39, 2016 Konya, Turkey

Co-located with CICLing 2016, 17th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Arabic Computational Linguistics

Cultural program: three full-day tours to Cappadocia, Konya, cave, and more.
Pre/post conf tours are tentatively planned for separate fee.

Cappadocia: Balloons











ACLing 2015 is hosted by the Mevlana University, Turkey, and organized by the CICLing 2016 Organizing Committee in conjunction with the Mevlana University, the Natural Language and Text Processing Laboratory of the CIC, IPN, and the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA).

Areas of interest

In general, we are interested in whatever helps, will help eventually, or might help computers meaningfully deal with Arabic language data.

The conference is intended to encourage exchange of opinions between the scientists working in different areas of the growing field of computational linguistics and intelligent text and speech processing. Our idea is to get a general view of the state of art in computational linguistics and its applications.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics, provided that the work is presented in computer-related or formal description aspects:

Arabic Computational linguistics research:

  • Computational linguistic theories and formalisms
  • Representation of linguistic knowledge
  • Lexical resources
  • Morphology, syntax, semantics
  • Discourse models
  • Ambiguity resolution
  • Anaphora resolution
  • Word sense disambiguation
  • Recognizing textual entailment
  • Text generation
  • Machine translation
  • etc.

Intelligent text and speech processing and their applications for Arabic language:

  • Opinion mining, sentiment analysis, social networks
  • Speech processing and text-to-speech
  • Text categorization and clustering
  • Information retrieval, information extraction
  • Text mining
  • Summarization
  • Spell checking
  • Detection of plagiarism
  • Natural language interfaces
  • etc.

When discussing phenomena of Arabic language, please keep your discussion understandable for people not familiar with this language.

Important dates

Registration dates: February 25 to March 24.

See other important dates and the submission procedure of CICLing 2016. The papers should be submitted via the CICLing 2016 submission system, but please choose "ACLing 2016" as one of the submission topics if you want your paper to be considered for ACLing 2016 (you must also indicate at least one of other topics). Upon acceptance decisions, authors of the papers accepted both for CICLing 2016 and for ACLing 2016 will be given a choice for their paper to be included in CICLing 2016 or ACLing 2016.

Submitting a paper constitutes a consent for publication and a promise in case of acceptance to attend the conference and to pay the fee. See more details in the legal notices.

Paper submission is divided into two phases:


See costs and registration procedure for CICLing 2016. All authors will register for the joint CICLing 2016 / ACLing 2016 event, which includes participation in all activities of both events.

The fee is per participant and per paper. I.e., for each paper, at least one fee is to be paid: if a participant presents two papers, two fees are to be paid. On the other hand, a participant that does not present any paper should pay a fee. For questions, please contact us at the registration@ address as indicated here. By submitting a paper, at least one author has thereby promised, in case of acceptance, to pay the registration fee.

On reduced registration fee: A limited number of reduced fees will be available. To apply, please contact us and thoroughly justify your application. Eligible for reduced registration are people from underdeveloped countries in case if their institutions have real difficulties paying the full fee (generally not included: North America, Western Europe, China, South Korea, Japan, but if you feel your situation is really different, try applying anyway). Authors must apply for reduced registration (clearly indicating the discount amount) before submission of their paper, and also must tick the group "[X] Discount or waiver is requested" in the web submission system. No applications will be considered for already reviewed papers. Notes:

We are interested in a few volunteer helpers, please contact us. Speakers of the local language and residents of the local venue are preferred. The volunteers may or may not have preference in assigning fee reduction.


In addition to the text of the paper, authors are strongly encouraged to provide code and data that permit to reproduce their results, see our verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy.

Before submitting, please check our legal notices on video recording and on obligations of authors. In particular, by submitting a paper, at least one author thereby promises, in case of acceptance, to attend the conference in person to present the paper (if possible) and to pay the corresponding registration fee. Submissions are received electronically:

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  Submission guidelines  

Contact: See our contact options.

Verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy

We implement a policy of giving preference to papers with verifiable and reproducible results, i.e., papers that provide the code and lexical resources that allow to reproduce the results. This is not a requirement. If for any reason you cannot accompany your paper with the code, go ahead and submit your paper normally.

A Special best verifiability, reproducibility, and working description award will be given at the conference.

For the time being, we encourage the submitted software to be anonymous but we do not require this: your data (but not the text of your paper) can disclose your identity if there is no reasonable way of avoiding this.

To submit your data for evaluation, upload them to our FTP site ftp://ftp.cicling.org/in/CICLing-2016, as a an archive (such as Zip). The name of the archive should be CICLing_NNN.ext, where NNN is the submission ID assigned by EasyChair, for example, CICLing_123.zip. If your data are too large to be uploaded, then please send us a URL where the data can be downloaded, and we will copy your files to our server (please use Subject: "CICLing_NNN software").

Please try to make your software self-contained by reasonably including whatever is needed to run it (such as specific versions of programs). Specifically, please avoid pointing to URLs where the data can be downloaded from; instead, please include the actual data whenever possible -- this is important for reproducibility because the data on remote servers might change (or become unavailable) at any moment, while attached data will be safely stored on our servers. All programs should be submitted in source code, and all data in clearly specified, preferably human-readable, format.

Please see a detailed description of the our verifiability, reproducibility, and working description policy, our reasons and goals, and some FAQ. Note that by submitting your material you allow its free distribution in case of acceptance of your paper; see more details in legal disclaimers.

Poster & Demo session

The papers accepted for the poster/demo session are anticipated to be published in a special issue of a journal, to be announced later. See here the guidelines for submitting and preparing your poster.

Poster session will be combined with the welcome party, so people will be in good mood when reading your poster. In our experience the authors often have better opportunity to communicate their idea to interested attendees via individual live interaction at a poster presentation than via standard talk. If you feel your paper is not competitive enough for the oral session, do go ahead and submit it: a poster can be an excellent opportunity for you to get feedback.

Immediately before the poster session the poster papers will be presented (better to say, announced) orally. Each presentation will be of one minute, and you can use a couple of slides. We recommend to use one or two slides to show the title and the main idea of your work, and maybe the main results, and the final slide to show an image of your poster, for people to recognize your poster during the poster session. The purpose of this one-minute presentation is not to explain your work in detail but to attract attention of people to you and your poster. If you succeed, you will then have two hours to explain your work to all interested people, during the poster session and in fact all the breaks on other days. Please only include the main selling points of your work in this short presentation; too dense information would only confuse people.

To streamline the session, we will ask you to send us your presentation, to be pre-loaded to our laptop.

General schedule

Please see general schedule of CICLing 2016. The schedule and dates of activities specific for ACLing 2016 will be announced later.

Accepted papers and detailed program

Accepted papers and the schedule are coordinated with CICLing 2016; see ACLing 2016 sections on the corresponding webpages.

Cultural Program

Detailed schedule of the tours will be announced at the CICLing 2016 webpage.

See more information on our cultural activities. See applicable conditions and disclaimers.


Information on the conference hotel will be announced at the CICLing 2016 webpage.

It is convenient for the participants to stay in the same hotel or nearby hotels, to facilitate informal interaction. Usually our participants form ad-hoc informal companies in the hotel reception to go to some restaurant, local sightseeing, etc. All cultural activities will start from the official hotel. In addition, this hotel provided discounted rates for the participants. We suggest you not to book a different hotel.

Transportation to/from the conference venue and tours will be provided (only) from the official hotels. To get the discounted rates, please book only though the page that we will provide.

Local guide and venue info

Information on the venue will be announced at the CICLing 2016 webpage.

Please see local information.

Address of one of the organizers (required for official purposes): Alexander Gelbukh, Centro de Investigacion en Computacion, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Av. Juan Dios Batiz s/n casi esq. Av. Mendizabal, Col. Nueva Industrial Vallejo, C.P. 07738, Mexico DF, Mexico; phone: +52 55 5729-6000 ext. 56544; mobile: +52 1 55-1810-4587.

Legal notices and disclaimers

By submitting a paper or attending the conference you accept the following terms:

Obligations of the authors. Submitting a paper constitutes a consent for publication, acceptance of the terms specified hereby, and a promise in case of acceptance to provide a correct and complete camera-ready version of the paper in editable (source) format, a duly filled copyright transfer form, to attend the conference (if possible), and to pay the registration fee, except in the cases agreed upon in due time with the organizers.

Software and data. Software and data accompanying the paper will be treated in the same way as the paper itself in that in case of acceptance, free access to this material can be provided to the readers of the paper or to public. By submitting software or data, you agree that in case of acceptance, it can be freely distributed by the organizers, and anybody is allowed to copy it. This also applies to the cases when you provide only a URL: you agree that the organizers can store a copy of the data accessible via this URL and, in case of acceptance, freely distribute this copy. While you cannot restrict copying of the submitted data (otherwise don't submit it), you can restrict using your data by including a reasonable no-nonsense license, which should allow the use of the data for research purposes.

Cultural program. The cultural program is a courtesy of the organizing committee provided "as is" and intended to help the participants in visiting certain places, which they visit under their own risk and responsibility. Quality and safety. Some or all of the cultural program activities may be organized not professionally but by volunteers. We will make any reasonable effort in order for the activities to be interesting, well-organized, and safe, but we cannot guarantee any particular quality of service. Some activities may require physical effort, such as much walking or hill-climbing, and/or rely on the use of public transportation. Force-majeure. Though so far no tours have been cancelled due to force-majeure circumstances at any of our past conferences, the following formal disclaimer applies: Some or all of the cultural program may depend on weather conditions, technical, political, or other circumstances. Permission for transportation or visiting specific places may depend on the authorities and not on the organizing committee; thus the corresponding tours can accordingly be cancelled at any moment without prior notice. Since all expenses are done in advance and are non-refundable, in case of cancellation of the tours no refund can be offered to the participants. The organizers may or may not be able to provide alternative cultural or academic activities instead of cancelled tours.

Video recording. All activities related to the conference, both academic and cultural, may be video recorded, photographed, and/or live video broadcast over the Internet or otherwise. The organizers may make the recordings and photos publicly available or provide them to third parties for any legal purpose, including storage and distribution. Unless otherwise explicitly communicated to the organizers in advance, by submitting a paper, registering for the conference, or attending the conference you authorize the organizers, attendees, or persons authorized by the organizers to video record, photograph, and/or video broadcast all conference activities, including your presentation, and to make these video recordings and photos publicly available and/or available to any third party for any legal purpose, and you also promise to explicitly confirm this authorization, in writing or otherwise, if later asked to do so by the organizers. If this is a problem, please contact us in advance.

General disclaimer. The following text does not imply any specific risk for the attendees; this is a standard legal disclaimer generally applied to any public event in any part of the world: No special insurance, medical service, or security measures are guaranteed to be provided for the conference. The participants are advised to arrange with a third party for their travel insurance that includes international medical coverage, as well as to observe the standard safety precautions. The participants will take part in all activities of the conference entirely on their own risk. The organizers shall not be liable, to the extend permitted by law, for any illness, injuries, stolen objects, or any other problems that the participants may face during the cultural or academic program of the conference.


General Chairs: Samhaa El-Beltagy, Alexander Gelbukh, Khaled Shaalan

Program Chairs: Samhaa El-Beltagy, Alexander Gelbukh, Khaled Shaalan

Organizing Committee

  Hatem Haddad      Chair      Mevlana University
  Bahar Karaoglan       Ege University
  Ahmet Suerdem       Istanbul Bilgi University
  Halis Altun       Mevlana University
  Armağan Ozkaya       Mevlana University
  Mustafa Kaiiali       Mevlana University
  Mohammad Shukri Salman       Mevlana University
  Alaa Eleyan       Mevlana University
  Aslıhan Ozkaya       Mevlana University
  Nebahat Alazcioglu       Mevlana University
  Emine Cengiz       Mevlana University

Program Committee

Bayan Abushawar     Arab Open University
Hanady Ahmed Qatar University
Hend Alkhalifa  King Saud University
Mohammed Attia Al-Azhar University
Aladdin Ayesh De Montfort University
Violetta Cavalli-Sforza Al Akhawayn University
Khalid Choukri ELDA
Samhaa El-Beltagy Cairo University
Ossama Emam ALTEC
Aly Fahmy Cairo University, Faculty of Computers and Information
Ahmed Guessoum University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene
Nizar Habash New York University Abu Dhabi
Kais Haddar Miracl, Facult des sciences de Sfax
Lamia Hadrich Belguith MIRACL Laboratory
Sattar Izwaini
Mark Lee School of Computer Science, Univ. of Birmingham
Sherif Mahdy Abdou RDI
Farid Meziane University of Salford
Herman Moisl Newcastle U.
Ahmed Rafea American University in Cairo
Allan Ramsay School of Computer Science, University of Manchester
Mohsen Rashwan Cairo University
Paolo Rosso Technical University of Valencia
Nasredine Semmar CEA
Khaled Shaalan The British University in Dubai
William Teahan Bangor University
Imed Zitouni IBM Research

Program Committee of CICLing 2016 (tentative)


Ajith Abraham

Rania Al-Sabbagh

Sophia Ananiadou

Marianna Apidianaki

Alexandra Balahur

Kalika Bali

Leslie Barrett

Roberto Basili

Pushpak Bhattacharyya

Nicoletta Calzolari

Nick Campbell

Sandra Carberry

Michael Carl

Hsin-Hsi Chen

Dan Cristea

Bruce Croft

Mike Dillinger

Samhaa El-Beltagy

Toma Erjavec

Anna Feldman

Alexander Gelbukh

Dafydd Gibbon

Gregory Grefenstette

Eva Hajicova

Sanda Harabagiu

Yasunari Harada

Karin Harbusch

Ales Horak

Veronique Hoste

Nancy Ide

Diana Inkpen

Hitoshi Isahara

Aminul Islam

Guillaume Jacquet


Sylvain Kahane

Alma Kharrat

Adam Kilgarriff

Valia Kordoni

Leila Kosseim

Mathieu Lafourcade

Krister Lindn

Bing Liu

Elena Lloret

Bernardo Magnini

Cerstin Mahlow

Suresh Manandhar

Diana Mccarthy

Alexander Mehler

Rada Mihalcea

Evangelos Milios

Dunja Mladenic

Marie-Francine Moens

Masaki Murata

Preslav Nakov

Costanza Navarretta

Roberto Navigli

Vincent Ng

Joakim Nivre

Attila Novk

Kjetil Nrvg

Nir Ofek

Kemal Oflazer

Constantin Orasan

Ekaterina Ovchinnikova

Ivandre Paraboni

Saint-Dizier Patrick

Maria Teresa Pazienza

Ted Pedersen


Viktor Pekar

Anselmo Peas

Octavian Popescu

Marta R. Costa-Juss

German Rigau

Horacio Rodriguez

Paolo Rosso

Vasile Rus

Kepa Sarasola

Roser Sauri

Hassan Sawaf

Satoshi Sekine

Serge Sharoff

Grigori Sidorov

Kiril Simov

Vivek Kumar Singh

Vaclav Snasel

Thamar Solorio

Efstathios Stamatatos

Carlo Strapparava

Tomek Strzalkowski

Maosong Sun

Stan Szpakowicz

Mike Thelwall

Jrg Tiedemann

Christoph Tillmann

George Tsatsaronis

Dan Tufis

Olga Uryupina

Karin Verspoor

Manuel Vilares Ferro

Aline Villavicencio

Piotr W. Fuglewicz

Savas Yildirim



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