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Fri Jan 15 2010

FYI: Final Call for Participation: NACLO 2010

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        1.    Susanne Vejdemo, Final Call for Participation: NACLO 2010

Message 1: Final Call for Participation: NACLO 2010
Date: 14-Jan-2010
From: Susanne Vejdemo <svejdemoemich.edu>
Subject: Final Call for Participation: NACLO 2010
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Final call for participation in NACLO - the North American
Computational Linguistics Olympiad

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

Registration deadline:
Wednesday, February 3 (noon PST)


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

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 Poland 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. Advertising the upcoming (Feb. 4) contest to local high school
students. Students can participate either at their own high school or
at a university site. There are currently 30 registered university sites
(see www.naclo.cs.cmu.edu for a list).
2. Hosting a site for the Open Round in 2011 (or even 2010).
3. Serving on a NACLO committee (see below).
4. 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 and computational 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
- 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:


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,
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

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics

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