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What is NACLO?
How do I register?
Important Dates


We are pleased to be a host site again for the 2018 North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO). 

What is NACLO?
NACLO is a contest for students in grades 6-12 (although primarily targeted at grades 9-12) in which contestants solve interesting and challenging puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics. These puzzles require no previous knowledge of linguistics or computing and can be solved by analytic reasoning alone. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills.

NACLO consists of two rounds: the Open Round (January 25, 2018), open to all interested high school and middle school students, and the Invitational Round (March 8, 2018), for students who have advanced from the first round. The top students in the Invitational Round are eligible to represent the US in the International Linguistics Olympiad (in Prague, Czech Republic on July 25-31, 2018), one of twelve international high school science Olympiads.

The NACLO website has comprehensive information on the competition, including sample problems from past Olympiads. We strongly encourage all participants to complete several sample problems and/or attend information sessions listed below.

How do I register? 
Thanks to the generous support of the sponsors, participation in NACLO is free. NACLO registration for 2018 is now open on the NACLO website. When completing the registration form, select University of Maryland as the site. Make sure to remember you ID. 

Important Dates:

NACLO Information Sessions: January 18. 2018

  • Location : 2121 H. J. Patterson Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Timing: 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM 

NACLO Open Round: January 25, 2018

  • Location : 2114/2118, H. J. Patterson Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Schedule:
    • 09:15 AM - 10:00 AM - Report for the contest
    • 10:00 AM : Contest begins
    • 01:00 PM : Contest ends

NACLO Invitational Round: March 8, 2018

  • Detailed information and day-of schedule to be announced later.

For questions about NACLO at the University of Maryland, contact Aaron Dolina (dolina@terpmail.umd.edu) or Yogarshi Vyas (yogarshi@cs.umd.edu).

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