Welcome to ACL-08: HLT!

ACL-08: HLT takes place in Columbus, Ohio. It combines the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) with the Human Language Technology Conference (HLT) of the North American Chapter of the ACL. The conference covers a broad spectrum of disciplines working towards enabling intelligent systems to interact with humans using natural language, and towards enhancing human-human communication through services such as speech recognition, automatic translation, information retrieval, text summarization, and information extraction.

The ACL is proud to present invited talks by Marc Swerts of Tilburg University and Susan Dumais of Microsoft Research.

June 15, 2008 Conference Tutorials
June 16-18, 2008 Main Conference
June 19-20, 2008 Conference Workshops


Registration is now available, as are Accommodation details and travel information

List of accepted full papers now available. This may be helpful to people applying for visas.

Please feel free to print and hang the Conference Flier.

Letters of Invitation to Obtain Visas:

Requests for letters of invitation should be directed to:

Priscilla Rasmussen

Please include whether you have a paper accepted for presentation at the conference and, if so, the name of your paper. The letter of invitation will be emailed as a Word attachment to you on ACL letterhead.

ACL-08: HLT Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the following institutions for their generous sponsorship of ACL-08: HLT:

Gold Level


Silver Level


Bronze Level

CNGL - Centre for Next Generation Localisation


Supporter Level

General Conference Chair:

Kathleen McKeown (Columbia University)

Program Co-Chairs:

Johanna D. Moore (University of Edinburgh)
Simone Teufel (Cambridge University)
James Allan(University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Sadaoki Furui (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)


Ming Zhou (Microsoft Research China)


Ani Nenkova (Univ of Pennsylvania, USA)
Marilyn Walker (Univ of Sheffield, UK)
Eugene Agichtein (Emory University, USA)


Jimmy Lin (University of Maryland)

Student Co-Chairs:

Faculty rep: Jan Wiebe (University of Pittsburgh)
Student NL: Wolfgang Maier (U of Tubingen, Germany)
Student Speech: Ebru Arisoy (Bogazici University, Turkey)
Student IR: Keisuke Inoue (Syracuse University, USA)

Local Arrangements:

Chris Brew
Donna Byron
Eric Fosler-Lussier
Detmar Meurers
Michael White
DJ Hovermale (Webmaster)