Dragomir Radev, Associate Professor in EECS, SI, and in the Department of Linguistics in LS&A, recently led two US high-school teams to several awards in the seventh International Linguistics Olympiad in Wroclaw, Poland. The US Red team took home the gold cup in team competition. This was the third year in a row that the US took the team gold cup.
This year's US team members were selected from 1,100 students who competed in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) last winter. One of the students on the winning team, Alan Huang, is from SE Michigan. He is a student at Detroit Country School in Beverly Hills, Oakland County.
The Olympiad mimics the skills used by researchers and scholars in the field of computational linguistics, which is increasingly important for the United States and other countries. Using computational linguistics, 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.
NACLO, and the U.S. teams that competed this summer, are sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a number of other entities.
NSF Press Release: US Students Win Big at the International Linguistics Olympiad