Header Information

NPRP10-0205-170346
NPRP 10
Qatar University
Award Tech. Completed
23 Jan 2018
Dr. Somaya Al-Maadeed
3 Year(s)
31 Dec 2021
Resubmission of [NPRP9-098-1-022 (Renewal) ]
MOALEM: An Assistive Platform for Children with Arabic Reading and Writing Difficulties

Project Summary
The state of Qatar is highly investing in the education sector. The Qatar strategic plan and the Qatar 2030 vision focus mainly on the education of the Qatari population and human capacity building with an objective to establish a knowledge-based society and to increase the economy of the country and diversify its resources. As part of these plans, well-known universities such as Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon, and Weill Cornell and others have opened branches in Qatar (Qatar Foundation). To promote dynamism in education, public schools are highly encouraged to use information technology and tools in unconventional manners and be creative in combining the use of various tools, while maintaining high standards. The main focus of the government is to build Qatari educated leaders. However, the current methods of teaching in many elementary schools are still old, somehow obsolete and need effectively major improvement. Teachers do not have enough resources to introduce new concepts to students with learning difficulties (LD) in schools. In fact, an important number of the Qatari school children are facing difficulties in reading, understanding and writing Arabic words and sentences properly especially those with special needs. In fact, in 2012, it is estimated that 20% of children in Qatari schools experience LD, 40% of which are Qatari students. This is recognized as a serious and alarming problem that needs immediate intervention. This issue is particularly challenging for children with special needs with moderate understanding who have been integrated recently in the Qatar elementary schools based on the recommendation of her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Misnad. These Qatari children need special attention, dedicated care and tailored curricula that suit every one of them. They should learn to communicate in Arabic and rely on themselves in reading and writing. In this research project we propose to develop an assistive platform entitled MOALEM (Multimedia Oriented Arabic Language Educational Materials) to help Qatari children with learning difficulties to read, understand and write Arabic words and sentences in an efficient manner using multimedia. This proposal is a continuation of our previous completed NPRP project (09-052-5-003) entitled, “Towards a Tutorial Based System to Assist Qatari Children with Mild Intellectual and Learning Disabilities” where we gained rich experience in deadline with children with special needs in Qatar. We know exactly their levels, potentials and skills. We worked with them in the Qatari Shafallah center for children with special needs [88] since 2008 and we developed many assistive tools and software for them. We have also succeeded to publish more than 50 papers in prestigious conferences proceedings and journals and we have filled one USA-based patent. The proposed MOALEM platform includes software and hardware components that have the potential to revolutionize the manner of learning and teaching in Qatari schools and special education centers (i.e., Shafallah Center, Qatar Assistive Technology Center, Mada). One component of MOALEM will be able to automatically “understand” Arabic texts in a specific domain, extract the main concepts (i.e., actions, event, actors, etc.), and link them directly to multimedia elements. Children can then see images and short video clips that explain the appropriate meaning of the Arabic vocabulary occurred in the text. Teachers can address logical questions to MOALEM and get intelligent responses. We use in this component our deep knowledge in Arabic text processing including morphological analysis, ontology, logical rules and diacritization. A second component of the MOALEM platform is a haptic (touch-based) device to teach children how to write Arabic words correctly by physically moving the hand along a sequence of strokes of reference handwriting. We will customize this haptic element and develop the necessary algorithms to optimize its best usage. A third component of MOALEM is an implementation of a Standard Arabic and Qatari dialect computer-animated talking face entitled ‘QATARI_Badr’. Children can listen to and watch the QATARI_Badr to observe the correct pronunciation of words and learn the corresponding articulation and emotional expression. Furthermore, the usability of the MOALEM platform is not limited to special education center and elementary Qatari schools. Qatari families can use MOALEM as well to assist their children directly at home. The parents intervention in teaching their children with learning difficulties is highly recommended. The department of education at Qatar university can also use MOALEM to teach Arabic to non-native learners who want to learn Arabic as a second language. A plan is set with the director of this department for the proper implementation and usage of the platform. The Qatar Foundation International can also use MOALEM and integrate it in its international initiative on teaching Arabic language in different centers and schools that QFI supports locally and internationally such as the “Harlem elementary school” in New York. We mention that we have conducted several meetings with stakeholders in Qatar and we uploaded their full support letters in QNRF system.
Learning Difficulties; Assistive technology; Multimedia; Arabic language; Adaptive Learning Content
Applied research
5. Social Sciences
5.3 Educational Sciences
Education, Special
Yes
No
1. Natural Sciences
1.2 Computer and Information Sciences
Computer Sciences
No
Yes

Institution
Qatar University
Qatar
Submitting Institution
University of Ottawa
Canada
Collaborative Institution
Psyentific Mind Inc
United States
Collaborative Institution

Personnel
Lead PI
Dr. Somaya Al-Maadeed
Qatar University
PI
Dr. Moutaz Saleh
Qatar University
PI
Prof. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
University of Ottawa
PI
Dr. Batoul Khalifa
Qatar University
PI
Dr. Mohamad Eid
New York University
PI
Dr. Dominic Massaro
Psyentific Mind Inc
PI
Prof. Jihad Mohamad ALJA'AM
Qatar University

Outputs/Outcomes
Book
Recent Trends in Computer Applications
Jihad Mohamad Alja’am, Moutaz Saleh, Dominic Massaro, and Mohamad Eid
ISBN:9783319899138
Journal Paper
Text-to-picture tools, systems, and approaches: a survey
Jezia Zakraoui, Moutaz Saleh & Jihad Al Ja’am
ISSN:13807501
Journal Paper
Improving Arabic Text to Image Mapping Using a Robust Machine Learning Technique
JEZIA ZAKRAOUI, SAMIR ELLOUMI, JIHAD MOHAMAD ALJA’AM AND SADOK BEN YAHIA
ISSN:21693536
Conference Paper
Evaluation of Arabic to English Machine Translation Systems: A review
Jezia Zakraoui Moutaz Saleh Somaya Al-Maadeed Jihad Mohamad Aljaam
DOI:10.1109/ICICS49469.2020.239518
Conference Paper
Towards a Comprehensive Study of Fatigue Deducing Techniques for Evaluating the Quality of Experience of Haptic-Visual Applications
Mohammad Aljaafreh Somaya Al Maadeed Jihad Mohamad Aljaam Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
DOI:10.1109/ICIoT48696.2020.9089470
Conference Paper
Generating Images from Arabic Story-Text using Scene Graph
Jezia Zakraoui Moutaz Saleh Somaya Al Maadeed Jihad Mohamad Aljaam
DOI:10.1109/ICIoT48696.2020.9089495
Journal Paper
Text-to-picture Tools, Systems and Approaches: A Survey
Jezia Zakraoui Moutaz Saleh Jihad M. Aljaam
ISSN:13807501
Conference Paper
A Dynamic Illustration Approach For Arabic Text
Jezia Zakraoui Jihad M. Aljaam
DOI:10.1109/GCC45510.2019.1570512466
Journal Paper
Improving Arabic Text to Image Mapping Using a Robust Machine Learning Technique
Jezia Zakraoui Samir Elloumi Jihad Mohamad Aljaam Sadok Ben Yahia
ISSN: 21693536
Book
Intelligent Technologies and Robotics Intelligent Technologies and Robotics (R0)
Moutaz Saleh Jihad M. Aljaam
ISBN:9783030228675
Conference Paper
“Towards Adaptive Multimedia System for Assisting Children with Arabic Learning Difficulties,”
Moutaz Saleh Jihad M. Aljaam
DOI:10.1109/JEEIT.2019.8717419
Creative Works
Understand my World
Dominic W. Massaro McLean Taylor Sumaya AlMadeed Jihad ALJAAM
CRWO77891
Book
Database and Expert Systems Applications
Samir Elloumi Sadok Ben Yahia Jihad AlJaam
ISBN:9783030276171
Online Paper
Improving text-to-image generation with object layout guidance
Jezia Zakraoui & Moutaz Saleh & Somaya Al-Maadeed & Jihad Mohammed Jaam
DOI:10.1007/s11042-021-11038-0
Conference Paper
A Study of Children Engagement and Focus During Handwriting in VR
Jezia Zakraoui Somaya Al-Maadeed Moutaz Saleh Jihad M. Aljaam Samir Abou El-Seoud
DOI:10.1109/ICICS49469.2020.239517
Conference Paper
A Generative Approach to Enrich Arabic Story Text with Visual Aids
Jezia Zakraoui Somaya Al-Maadeed Moutaz Saleh Jihad M. Aljaam Samir Abou El-Seoud
DOI:10.1109/ICICS49469.2020.239516
Conference Paper
Understand My World: An Interactive App for Children Learning Arabic Vocabulary,
Zeyad Ali Moutaz Saleh Somaya Al-Maadeed Samir Abou El-Seoud Batoul Khalifa Jihad M. Aljaam Dominic Massaro
DOI:10.1109/EDUCON46332.2021.9454114
Conference Paper
MOALLEMCorpus: A Large-Scale Multimedia Corpus for Children Education of Arabic Vocabularies
Somaya Al-Maadeed Batoul Khalifa Moutaz Saleh Jezia Zakraoui Jihad M. Aljaam Samir Abou El-Seoud
DOI:10.1109/EDUCON46332.2021.9453983
Conference Paper
A Haptic Handwriting Device in MOALEM Platform for Arabic Vocabulary Learning
Somaya Al-Maadeed Batoul Khalifa Moutaz Saleh Samir Abou Elsaoud Jihad AlJa’am
DOI:10.1109/ICICS49469.2020.239511
Journal Paper
Arabic Machine Translation: A Survey with Challenges and Future Directions
Jezia Zakraoui Moutaz Saleh Somaya Al-Maadeed Jihad Mohamad AlJa’am
ISSN:2169-3536
Journal Paper
Ultra-Low Energy CNFET-Based Ternary Combinational Circuits Designs
RAMZI A. JABER JIHAD MOHAMED ALJAAM BILAL N. OWAYDAT SOMAYA ALI AL-MAADEED ABDALLAH KASSEM ALI MASSOUD HAIDAR
ISSN:21693536
Journal Paper
Improving text-to-image generation with object layout guidance
Jezia Zakraoui, Moutaz Saleh, Somaya Al-Maadeed & Jihad Mohammed Jaam
ISSN:13807501