INFOS 2010

The 7th International Conference on Informatics and Systems


28 – 30 March, 2010

Cairo, EGYPT


Special Track


Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Mining

Natural language processing (NLP) allows computers to process and understand human languages and because of its wide range of applications as well as its challenges, has become a very active research area. The field covers basic research, technologies, applications and engineering. It addresses areas such as automatic parsing and tagging, named entity recognition, word sense disambiguation, sentence understanding, grammar induction, machine translation, information extraction, automatic question answering, text summarization, and text mining. State-of-the-art NLP research combines sophisticated and deep linguistic modeling and data analysis with innovative probabilistic and machine learning approaches.

The goals of this track are to provide participants with an opportunity to exchange ideas, approaches and implementations of computational systems, to highlight the common challenges faced by all practitioners, to assess the state of the art in the field, and to identify promising areas for future collaborative research in the development of NLP resources and systems.


The following is a non-exhaustive list of topics covered by the track:

·              Word Sense Disambiguation

·              Named Entities Identification

·              Anaphora resolution

·              Statistical vs. Linguistic Approaches

·              Language Modeling

·              Spoken Language Processing

·              Speech Recognition and Language Models

·              Text to Speech and Language Models

·              Dialog Strategy and Technology

·              Natural Language Learning, Generation and Understanding

·              Evaluation of Natural Language Systems

·              Lexical, Semantic Resources and Corpora

·              Corpora Linguistics

·              Semantic Web

·              Machine Translation

·              Information Retrieval

·              Cross Language Information Retrieval

·              Information Extraction

·              Question Answering

·              Domain-Specific Man-machine Dialog

·              Ontology Learning from Text

·              Text Categorization and Summarization

·              Text Mining and Machine Learning

·              Opinion Mining

·              Knowledge Discovery and Acquisition from Text

·               Machine Learning

·              Language Knowledge Engineering

·               NLP Applications in E-Learning

·               NLP Applications in E-Commerce

·               NLP E-mail Filtering

·               Other Applications

Program Committee


Hanady  Ahmed, Alexandria University, Egypt

Fawaz Al-Anzi, Kuwait University, Kuwait

Mansour  Al-Ghamdi, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Ibrahim Al-Kharashi, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Galia Angelova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

Mohamed Attia, RDI, Egypt

Lamia Hadrich Belguith, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management of Sfax, Tunisia

Chia-Hui Chang, National Central University, Taiwan

Khalid Choukri, ELDA, Paris, France

Chris Cieri, LDC, USA

Kareem Darwish, CIMC, Egypt

Mona Diab, Columbia University, USA

Joseph Dichy, Université Lumière Lyon, France

Ossama Emam, IBM, Egypt

Ali Farghaly, Oracle, USA

Nizar Habash, Columbia University, USA

Hany Hassan, IBM, Egypt

Sattar Izwaini, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Mohamed  Kamel, Univeristy of Waterloo, Canada

Mohamed Maamouri, LDC, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Bente Maegaard, CST, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Petra Maier-Meyer, FAST, Germany

Yuji Matsumoto, NAIST, Japan

Farid Meziane, Salford University, UK

Paola Monachesi, Utrecht University , Netherlands

Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Athens, Greece

Ahmed Rafea, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Mohsen Rashwan, Cairo University, Egypt

Horacio Rodr?guez, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

Paolo Rosso, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Doaa Samy, Cairo University, Egypt

Nasredine Semmar, CEA, France

Khaled Shaalan, The British University, Dubai, UAE

Otakar Smrz, Charles University, Czech Republic

Abdelhadi  Soudi, Ecole Nationale de l’Industrie Minérale, Morocco

Andy Way, DCU, Ireland

Imed  Zitouni, IBM Research, USA


Track Chair

Prof. Dr. Aly Fahmy

Faculty of Computers and Information, Cairo University


Track Co-Chair

Dr. Samhaa El-Beltagy

Faculty of Computers and Information, Cairo University

For further information:

Dr. Samhaa El-Beltagy,