NACLO 2016 @ Illinois
The North American
Computational Linguistics

Are you interested in language(s)? Do you enjoy solving puzzles?
Are you a high school student (8th-12th grade) in the Champaign-Urbana area or Central Illinois?

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is an international contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of the world's languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.



Local Arrangements

In central Illinois, NACLO is organized by the department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois. We anticipate that all local events will take place in the Siebel Center for Computer Science, 210 N Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801. The local organizer is Julia Hockenmaier from the University of Illinois. You can contact organizers by email at

NACLO 2016 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Linguistic Society of America, the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Yahoo, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh Intelligent Systems Program, and many other generous individuals and departments.

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