The First Edition of the Maghrebi Natural Language Processing (NLP) Summer School

Hosted by: Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
The event will start on: 29 Jun 15 08:00
And will end on: 10 Jul 15 18:00
Location : Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

The First Edition of theMaghrebi Natural Language Processing (NLP) Summer School

2015 Session

https://oip.aui.ma/NLP/

The first Maghrebi Natural Language Processing (NLP) Summer School will be held from Monday June 29 through Friday July 10, 2015 at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.  NLP is a rich and rapidly expanding area of computer science with proven benefits in industry, government and academia.  The goals of this Summer School, the first of its kind in Morocco, are: 1) to offer students from the Maghreb an opportunity to study basic concepts and techniques in NLP applied to Arabic and other languages and to investigate selected applications of NLP; and 2) to extend the network of NLP practitioners in the Maghreb.

Target Audience: The main audience targeted is university students from the Maghreb region who are interested in acquiring foundational knowledge in natural language processing, its technology and its applications. Depending on space availability, applicants from industry and government will also be welcome. The ideal applicant has a background in computer science, especially in programming, and an interest in language and linguistics. However, applicants with primarily linguistics background will also be considered and, if accepted, will be paired with applicants possessing complementary computational skills.

NOTE: The Summer school may count for up to 50 hours towards the additional training requirement for students in a doctoral program in Morocco (CEDoc).Applicants should check with their institution.

Content and Instructors: The program for the 2015 Maghrebi NLP Summer School will be delivered by NLP researchers from renowned European NLP centers. The school will include 10 days of instruction, covering different topics, divided into a morning lecture and an early afternoon laboratory. The School will also include a day of invited talks and discussions. The program is shown on the next page. The times of activities will be specified in the final version of the program.

Eva Sassoliniis a senior software developer/analyzer in textual analysis systems and text management at the Institute for Computational Linguistics (ILC) of the National Research Council - Pisa

Ouafae Nahli is a researcher at Institute for Computational Linguistics (ILC) of the National Research Council – Pisa focusing on Arabic NLP.

Karim Bouzoubaa is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs, Rabat.

Paolo Rosso is Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, in the Department of Information Systems and Computation.  

Horacio Rodriguez is Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in the Department of Languages and Information Systems.  

Language(s) of Instruction: The first week of the school will be taught primarily in French, with English as a second language. The second week of the school will be taught in English, supplemented by French when necessary.

Day

Topic

Instructor

 When : Activity

Sunday June 28

Welcome

Afternoon: orientation
Evening: ftour

Monday June 29

Texts and corpora: acquisition, representation, markup and tagging, types of corpora

Eva Sassolini

Morning: class

Afternoon: lab

Tuesday June 30

NLP basic techniques and applications
- Morpho-syntactic and semantic tagging
- Information retrieval and extraction applications

Eva Sassolini 

Morning: class

Afternoon: lab

Wednesday July 1

Arabic NLP: Special Challenges

Ouafae Nahli

Morning: class

Afternoon: lab

Thursday July 2

Special Applications of Arabic NLP in the Humanities:
- “Greek into Arabic” project
- “Memorata Poetis” project
- “Babilonese Talmud Translation" project

Ouafae Nahli

Morning: class

Afternoon: lab

Friday July 3

Discussion, question/answer session

Nahli, Sassolini

(Cavalli-Sforza)

Morning: discussion

Afternoon: free

Saturday July 4

The SAFAR platform for Arabic NLP

Karim Bouzoubaa

Morning: class

Afternoon: lab

Sunday July 5

Invited Talk: "Le traitement lexical dans une perspective neuro-computationnelle."

Ouafae Nahli

Morning-afternoon

Invited Talk: "Author Profiling"

Paolo Rosso

Invited Talk: “Arabic NLP: the Moroccan experience”

Karim Bouzoubaa

Invited Talk: “Graph approaches to NLP”

Horacio Rodriguez

Invited Talk: “Textual Entailment & Paraphrasing”

Horacio Rodriguez

Discussion

all

Gathering

Evening: ftour

Monday July 6

Arabic plagiarism detection

Paolo Rosso supported by Mohamed Outahajala

Morning: class

Afternoon: lab

Tuesday July 7

Morning: class

Afternoon: lab

Wednesday July 8

Semantic Parsing and Summarization

Horacio Rodriguez

Morning: class

Afternoon: lab

Thursday July 9

Horacio Rodriguez

Morning: class

Afternoon: lab

Friday July 10

Horacio Rodriguez

Morning: class

Afternoon: lab

Goodbye

Evening: ftour

 

Programming Language(s): A mixture of programming languages will be used, probably including Python.

Financial and LogisticDetails: We thank Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane for sponsoring this first edition of the Maghrebi NLP Summer School; without its support, the School would not have been possible. The only cost to applicants, in addition to their travel expenses, is a fee of 1.000 Moroccan dirhams to reserve a place, once accepted. Participants will be lodged in double rooms in Al Akhawayn’s on-campus student housing facilities. Ramadan meals will be available in the university’s restaurant facilities. 

Website: The website for the 2015 Maghrebi NLP Summer School is still under construction, but you can find the above information at https://oip.aui.ma/NLP/. The site will be updated regularly, so check for updates there.

Contact: For any further questions have questions, please mail Violetta Cavalli-Sforza (v.cavallisforza@aui.ma) with the following information:

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Personal Information: Send to v.cavallisforza@aui.ma unless you have already applied by e-mail and received a response.

First Name :

Last (Family) Name:

E-mail:

Telephone (optional) :

If you are a student, your university, department, degree pursued and year of study:

If you are employed, your employer and background:

 

Documents: Send to oip@aui.ma with copy to v.cavallisforza@aui.ma

A scanned copy of your CIN.

A passport photo, which will be used to give you access to the restaurants and to sport and health facilities.

Payment: You will receive payment information after you have sent e-mail to v.cavallisforza@aui.ma indicating interest and providing the information requested.

__IMPORTANT!__

The Summer School is limited in capacity to 20 students.
Your application will be complete when all information, documents and payment have been received.
The last day for completing the application is Friday June 19 at 5pm.
 After that date, any application that is not complete will lose its priority and runs the risk of being placed on a waiting list.