Call for Papers

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The 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Arabic and derived Script Analysis and Recognition (ASAR 2018) 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 2nd ASAR 2018 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 include (but are not limited to):

  • 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.

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

Paper submissions: Manuscripts of a maximum length of five pages are encouraged to be submitted. Papers must describe original work on any of the ASAR related topics. Typically, solid scientific research requires validation against existing datasets, or where such datasets do not exist, against a newly created dataset that adequately tests the system. The procedures and evaluation protocols should be communicated in a way that would allow other interested researchers to reproduce the general concepts. A sufficient amount of data should be used to demonstrate statistical significance.

The submission and reviews for ASAR 2018 will be handled through the Easy Chair conference management system. Easy Chair – ASAR 2018


Manuscript length: 6 pages maximum. This is a strict limit for initial submission. During final submission of accepted papers, authors may purchase extra pages if they find it necessary to address the concerns of the reviewers.

Single blind reviewing: ASAR 2018 follows a single-blind review process. Authors are required to include their names and affiliations in their papers as illustrated in the sample templates. Templates (Microsoft Word and LaTeX) can be found at the following link:

As the page indicates, IEEE has recently revised their LaTeX templates. If you had previously downloaded these templates please revisit this site to access the latest version.

Ethical Requirements for Authors

The workshop committee requires that all authors wishing to present a paper declare that:

  • The paper is substantially original and that no paper substantially similar in content has been submitted or will be submitted to any other conference or journal during the ASAR 2018 review period.
  • The paper does not contain any plagiarism, and
  • The paper will be presented by the author or a co-author in person.