CSE faculty are active in coaching high school students from around the country for competition each year in the International Linguistics Olympiad. The Olympiad mimics the skills used by researchers and scholars in the field of computational linguistics, in which experts can develop automated language technologies such as search engines and translation software that cut down on the time and training needed to work with other languages. In preparing for and competing in the Olympiad, students learn to apply computational thinking and logic to real problems.
Each year's Olympiad takes place in a different country and is 5 days long. There are individual and team competitions. Dragomir Radev, Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, SI, and in the Department of Linguistics in LS&A at U-M, has led US high school teams to multiple wins in each of the last five years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Students interested in computational linguistics can get involved through local high school or college sites to compete in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO), which takes place in the winter and includes participants from across the US and Canada. Information on participating is at the NACLO site.
Registration for NACLO generally opens in December, with the first round of competition held each year in early February.
US team members for the International Competition are selected from students who compete and place in the preliminary rounds of NACLO. The International Olympiad takes place in the summer.
Following are photos from the 2009 Olympiad, which took place in Pittsburgh, PA. To view larger photos, just click on the thumbnail image of interest.
Following are photos from the 2010 Olympiad, which took place in Stockholm, Sweden. To view larger photos, just click on the thumbnail image of interest.
Following are photos from the 2009 Olympiad, which took place in Wroclaw, Poland. To view larger photos, just click on the thumbnail image of interest.