SMarT is one of  Loria’s teams, it was created on December 2013

The acronym SMART comes in two forms:

Speech Modelisation and Text

Statistical Machine Translation

The objective of SMarT is to model the written or the spoken language (nature or altered) by using Machine Learning techniques.

Our team
Research Topics

The main objective of the SMarT team is to develop language representation models for machine translation and speech recognition systems. This modeling involves the use of mathematical methods to identify, extract and propose associations between two or more languages for translation and speech recognition. Languages are studied through monolingual, parallel or comparable corpora for low resourced languages(Arab dialects), Arabic, French and English.

Another axis of research in SMART concerns our contributions to the continuous speech recognition of the pathological voice. To do so, we develop models for enhancing esophageal speech using voice conversion techniques. These techniques of conversion are considered as a kind of translating one signal to another.


  • Machine Translation
  • Speech recognition
  • Recognition of pathological voices
  • Code-switching
  • Language identification

Keywords: Language Modelling, Machine Translation, unresourced languages, Estimation quality, Mining comparable corpora, Code-switching, Deep Learning,
voice conversion, enhancement of esophageal speech, pathological speech recognition.


Scientific leader

Kamel Smaïli  (Professor, Université ode Lorraine)

Administrative staff

  • Delphine HUBERT (Université de Lorraine)
  • Anne-Marie MESSAOUDI (CNRS)

University staff

Associated members

  • Chiraz Latiri – Professor (University of Tunis – Tunisia)
  • Karima Meftouh – Assistant Professor (University of  Badji Mokhtar, Annaba – Algeria)
  • Salima Harrat – Assistant Professor (ENS – Algiers, Algeria)
  • Rim Faiz Zitouni – IHEC (Université de Carthage, Tunisie)

PhD students

  • 2016-2020: Amine Menacer (University of Lorraine, France)
  • 2018-2021: Karima Abidi (University of Lorraine, France)
  • 2018-2021: Nouha Othman (ISG, University of Tunis 1, Tunisia)
  • 2019-2022: Fadi ghawanmeh (co-supervision with University of Oslo, Norway)
  • 2019-2023: Youness Moukafih (International University of Rabat, Morocco)
  • 2019-2023: Maysoon Alkheir (University of Khartoum, Soudan)
  • 2019-2023: Donia Mohammed (University of Khartoum, Soudan)
  • 2022-2025: Abdellah Hamouda Sidhoum (Ecole Polytechnique militaire d’Alger, Algeria)
  • 2022-2025: Imen Drissi (ENSI, University of Manouba, Tunisia)