International Conference on
Arabic Computational Linguistics
April 3–9, 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.
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).
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:
Intelligent text and speech processing and their applications for Arabic language:
When discussing phenomena of Arabic language, please keep your discussion understandable for people not familiar with this language.
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:
Please express your interest now by registering a tentative abstract of the paper via the web submission system. At this stage, the full text is not required and the tentative abstract will only be used to assign reviewers for your paper. You can update abstract, title, or full text as many times as you wish while the paper submission system is open. At this stage we only need to know the topic of your paper
By the full text deadline, the authors of papers registered at the previous step should upload the full text of the paper. No changes should be made after this date (but contact the organizers if you need to make changes).
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:
Though all papers are judged by strictly academic criteria, in borderline cases and between papers of comparable quality we may give preference to papers with fully paid fee.
Though we will do our best for this not to happen, we cannot guarantee providing some material (including the proceedings) to participants with reduced fee. Also, in case of lack of seats in the excursion bus we will have to give preference to fully registered participants.
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:
Contact: See our contact options.
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 avoidingthis.
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.
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.
Please see general schedule of CICLing 2016. The schedule and dates of activities specific for ACLing 2016 will be announced later.
Accepted papers and the schedule are coordinated with CICLing 2016; see ACLing 2016 sections on the corresponding webpages.
See more information on our cultural activities. See applicable conditions and disclaimers.
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.
Please see local information.
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
|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 of CICLing 2016 (tentative)