Ph.D. student Bo Pang has been chosen as co-chair of the HLT-NAACL 2006 Doctoral Consortium, which is being held at this year's joint meeting of the Human Language Technology conference and the annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, in New York City in June. The conference itself typically has hundreds of attendees. The other co-chair is Matt Huenerfauth (Ph.D. student, University of Pennsylvania).

Human language technology incorporates a broad spectrum of disciplines working toward enabling computers to interact with humans using natural language, and providing services such as speech recognition, automatic translation, information retrieval, text summarization, and information extraction.

The conference will include full papers, late-breaking (short) papers, demonstrations, as well as pre- and post-conference tutorials and workshops. Topics of interest at this year's conference include speech processing, information extraction, text summarization, and question answering, information retrieval, computational analysis of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, style, statistical and learning techniques for language processing, language generation and text planning, multilingual processing, multimodal representations and processing, evaluation, development of language resources, and understanding human communication.