Venue: LORIA, Campus Scientifique, 54506 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy. <further details>

  • A008 room for opening, keynotes, oral sessions
  • B013 room for discussion groups


  • The official language of the workshop is English. All presentations and discussions will be in English.
  • For security reasons in LORIA building, the entry requires your passport or identity card.
  • Lunches will be in the INRIA restaurant in the same building.


Preliminary Program

Monday 3 April 2017

  • 8:30am: Registration
  • 9:30am: Opening, A. Belaïd & A. Alimi
  • 10am: Keynote 1: Gernot A. Fink, Statistical Methods for Arabic Handwriting Recognition (Chair: Adel M. Alimi)
  • 11am: Break
  • 11:30am: Oral Session 1 : Text Detection and Recognition in Videos and Scenes (Chair: Abdel Belaïd)
    • #11 Mohit Jain, Minesh Mathew and C.V. Jawahar. Unconstrained Scene Text and Video Text Recognition for Arabic Script
    • #16 Hashem Ghaleb, P. Nagabhushan and Umapada Pal. Segmentation of Offline Handwritten Arabic Text  (will be presented by Abdel Belaid)
    • #66 Seiya Iwata, Wataru Ohyama, Tetsushi Wakabayashi and Fumitaka Kimura. Recognition and Connection of Moving Captions in Arabic TV News
    • #61 Maroua Tounsi, Ikram Moalla and Adel M. Alimi. ARASTI: A Database for Arabic Scene Text Recognition
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Oral Session 2 : Segmentation (Chair: Laurence Likforman-Sulem)
    • #13 Ahmad Montaser Awal and Abdel Belaid. Neighborhood Label Extension for Handwritten/Printed Text Separation in Arabic Documents
    • #29 Hanadi Mohammed and Sumaya Al-Maadeed. Arabic Handwriting Recognition using Sequential Minimal Optimization (will be presented by Kalthouom Adam)
    • #10 Zineb Hadjadj* and Abdelkrim Meziane. Binarization of Document Images with Various Object Sizes
    • #39 Samia Snoussi and Yosra Wahabi. Arabic Document Segmentation on a smartphone towards Big Data HAJJ rules extraction (will be presented by Adel M. Alimi)
    • #67 Riaz Ahmad, Muhammad Zeshan Afzal, Sheikh Faisal Rashid, Marcus Liwicki and Andreas Dengel. Text-Line Segmentation of Large Titles and Headings in Arabic Like Script
  • 3:40pm: Break
  • 4:10pm: Oral Session 3: Online handwriting and health services (Chair: Christopher Kermorvant)
    • #44 Abdulaziz Alayba, Vasile Palade, Matthew England and Rahat Iqbal. Arabic Language Sentiment Analysis on Health Services
    • #21 Catherine Taleb, Laurence Likforman-Sulem, Maha Khachab and Chafic Mokbel. Feature Selection for an Improved Parkinson’s Disease Identification Based on Handwriting
    • #26 Zouhaira Noubigh and Monji Kherallah. A survey on Handwriting Recognition based on the Trajectory Recovery technique (will be presented by Adel Alimi)
    • #32 Afef Kacem and Abdel Belaid. Impact of Features and Classifiers Combinations on the Performances of Arabic Recognition Systems
    • #26 Zouhaira Noubigh and Monji Kherallah. A survey on Handwriting Recognition based on the Trajectory Recovery technique
  • 6pm: Welcome Reception (LORIA Hall)

Tuesday 4 April 2017

  • 9:20am: Oral Session 4 : Datasets (Chair: Habib M. Kammoun)
    • #6 Majeed Kassis, Reem Alaasam, Alaa Abdalhaleem, Ahmad Droby and Jihad El-Sana. VML-HD: The Historical Arabic Documents Dataset for Recognition Systems
    • #25 Alaa Abdalhaleem, Ahmad Droby, Abed Asi, Jihad El-Sana, Majeed Kassis and Reem Alaasam. WAHD: A dataset for Writer Identification of Arabic Historical Documents
    • #56 Mohamed Meddeb, Hichem Karray and Adel Alimi. Building and Analysing Emotion Corpus of The Arabic Speech
  • 10:20am: Break
  • 10:50am: Discussion group and Synthesis (Chair: Jihad El Sana)
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Oral Session 5: Feature-based Recognition (Chair: Gernot A. Fink)
    • #12 Mohammed Faouzi Benzeghiba. Arabic Word Decomposition Techniques for Offline Arabic Text Recognition
    • #27 Edgard Chammas, Chafic Mokbel and Laurence Likforman-Sulem. Stroke width exploitation to improve automatic recognition of arabic handwritten texts
    • #51 Qurat Ul Ain Akram and Sarmad Hussain. Ligature-based Font Size Independent OCR for Noori Nastalique Writing Style
    • #4 Liren Chen, Ruijie Yan, Liangrui Peng, Akio Furuhata and Xiaoqing Ding. Multi-layer Recurrent Neural Network based Offline Arabic Handwriting Recognition
  • 3:20pm: Break
  • 3:50pm: Oral Session 6: Historical documents (Chair: Abdel Belaïd)
    • #2 Andrei Boiarov, Alexander Senov and Alexander Knysh. Arabic Manuscript Author Verification Using Deep Convolutional Networks
    • #23 Tayyeba Faisal and Somaya Almaadeed. Enabling Indexing and Retrieval of Historical Arabic Manuscripts through Template Matching Based Word Spotting (will be presented by Kalthouom Adam)
    • #35 Kalthouom Adam and Sumaya Al-Maadeed. Character-based classification of Arabic scripts style in ancient Arabic manuscript
    • #47 Stephen Rawls, Huaigu Cao, Ekraam Sabir and Prem Natarajan. Combining Deep Learning and Language Modeling for Segmentation-Free OCR From Raw Pixels
    • #49 Reem Alaasam, Majeed Kassis, Jihad El-Sana, Alaa Abdalhaleem, Ahmad Droby and Berat Kurar Barakat. Experiment Study on Utilizing Convolutional Neural Networks to Recognize Historical Arabic Handwritten Text.
  • 7:45: Gala Dinner: “La Bergamote” cruise restaurant

Wednesday 5 April 2017

  • 9:30am: Keynote 2: Christopher Kermorvant, Handwriting recognition: is it a solved problem?  (Chair: Abdel Belaïd)
  • 10:30am: Break
  • 11am: Oral Session 7: Text and Style recognition (Chair: Jihad El Sana)
    • #33 Kawther Khazri, Afef Kacem and Abdel Belaid. Arabic/Latin and Handwritten/Machine-printed Formula Classification and Recognition
    • #63 Hanen Akouaydi, Slim Abdelhedi, Sourour Njah, Mourad Zaied and Adel M. Alimi. Decision Trees Based on Perceptual Codes for On-Line Arabic Character Recognition
    • #64 Ido Kissos and Nachum Dershowitz. Image and Text Correction Using Language Models
    • #36 Raid Saabni. Boosting Feature Based Classifiers for Writer Identification.
    • #62 Makki Maliki, Naseer Al-Jawad and Sabah Jassim. Off Line Writer Identification for Arabic language: Analysis and Classification techniques using Subwords Features
    • #37 Nabil Ghanmi and Ahmad Montaser Awal. Dynamic bayesian networks for handwritten Arabic words recognition (will be presented by Adel M. Alimi)
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Awards + Closing