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 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.

Relevant topics and technologies

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


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

Umapada Pal

Indian Statistical Institute, India


Volker Märgner

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

Tilman Seidensticker

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

Daniel Lowe

The British Library, United Kingdom


Call for Papers

Travel Grants


Important dates

  • Abstract deadline: 1st December 2017
  • Paper submission: 1st December 2017
  • Acceptance notification: 2nd January 2018
  • Camera Ready Submission: 1st February 2018
  • Author Registration deadline: 1st February 2018

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