It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Arabic and derived Script Analysis and Recognition (ASAR 2018), which will be hosted by The Alan Turing Institute, London, in collaboration with The British Library, LORIA laboratory (University Lorraine, France) and REGIM-Lab. (University of Sfax, Tunisia), and will be held in London (United Kingdom) on March 12-14, 2018.
ASAR 2018 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8, IEEE UK and Ireland section, IEEE Tunisia section, and IAPR.

The ASAR workshop provides an excellent opportunity for researchers and practitioners at all levels of experience to meet colleagues and to share new ideas and knowledge about Arabic and derived script document analysis and recognition methods. The workshop enjoys strong participation from researchers in both industry and academia.


The main goal of the competition is to advance system development in Arabic script Analysis and Recognition by objective evaluation on common datasets. The competitions aim also to unify the evaluation protocols / methodology and standardize the annotation used in these areas of research.

Researchers working on Arabic derived scripts like Uyghur, Urdu, Pashto and Persian are strongly invited to participate in the following competitions:

  1. Layout Analysis Competition Challenge: Physical layout analysis of scanned Arabic books <link>
  2. Arabic Historical Manuscripts Recognition Competition <link>


  • Submission: 6 February 2018
  • Notification: 12 February 2018
  • Registration and Camera Ready: 19 February 2018

Relevant topics and technologies

  • Printed/Handwritten text recognition
  • Word spotting
  • Machine and deep learning for script recognition
  • Arabic (and derived scripts) recognition in the context of Big Data
  • Language models
  • Natural language for textual image processing
  • Multimedia processing
  • Forensic Arabic (and derived) document analysis
  • Historical Arabic (and derived) document analysis
  • Authoring, annotation, and presentation systems
  • Pen-based user interface
  • Camera-based Arabic (and derived) document image analysis
  • Arabic (and derived) Document retrieval systems
  • Arabic (and derived) Document analysis for mobile devices, for the internet
  • Arabic (and derived) Document databases and digital libraries
  • Arabic (and derived) Document understanding
  • Arabic (and derived script) recognition for Smart Systems
  • Computational Imaging

* Derived languages includes: Pashto, Urdu, Persian, Jawi, Uyghur, Kurdish, etc.


Registered and Presented papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

2017 Proceedings: <link>

Special Issues

Authors of some selected accepted papers presented at ASAR will be invited to submit extended versions of their manuscripts for consideration in related international Journals.

Keynote Speakers

Tilman Seidensticker

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

Daniel Lowe

The British Library, United Kingdom

Volker Märgner

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany


Important dates

  • Paper submission: extended to 29th December 2017
  • Acceptance notification: extended to 4th February 2018
  • Camera Ready Submission: extended to 15th February 2018
  • Author Registration deadline: extended to 15th February 2018

Call for Papers

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