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Sun Sep 20 2009

FYI: North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

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        1.    Susanne Vejdemo, North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

Message 1: North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad
Date: 20-Sep-2009
From: Susanne Vejdemo <susannelinguistlist.org>
Subject: North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad
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Call for site hosts: North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

Contest dates:
Thursday, February 4 and Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Please respond:
As soon as possible, but not later than December 15, 2009.

Yilu Zhou, yzhougwu.edu, www.naclo.cs.cmu.edu

The Fourth Annual North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)
will take place on February 4 and March 10 of 2010.

Last year, 82 high schools and 32 universities in the United States and
Canada helped over 1080 students participate in this competition. 135
contestants advanced to the Invitational Round of NACLO, and two teams then
went to Bulgaria to compete at the International Linguistics Olympiad, and
came home with several awards. The next year, the US team will travel to
the International Linguistics Olympiad in Stockholm, Sweden.

The success of NACLO depends on the collaborative efforts of many
volunteers in the linguistics and computational linguistics communities. At
this point you can participate by:

1. Hosting a 'site' for the Open Round of NACLO on February 4, 2010.
2. Serving on a NACLO committee.
3. Suggesting problems to be used in future Olympiads.

Hosting a site involves inviting high school students from your area to
your university on February 4, 2010. You will proctor the contest for three
or four hours, and send the contestants' solutions to the judges.

We invite linguists from around the world to serve on a NACLO committee.
Committees in need of members at this point are:

Home Team: Coordinates and liaises with universities around the country.
Away Team: Handles everything around the US participation in the
international competition.
Program Committee: Creates and grades puzzles.

Challenging and engaging problems are the centerpiece of NACLO. If you have
any ideas for new problems, please contact us. Guidelines for problem
creation are at www.uoregon.edu/~tpayne/ProblemCreation.pdf.

Thank you very much for your help in raising the profile of linguistics
among school students. Please contact the organizing team members if you
have questions or would like to participate.

General questions and volunteering: Lori Levin, lslcs.cmu.edu
Suggestions for competition problems: Dragomir Radev, radevumich.edu
Becoming a university site host: Yilu Zhou, yzhougwu.edu

You can find more information about NACLO, such as sample problems,
registration deadlines and registration forms, at www.naclo.cs.cmu.edu.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics

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