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NACLO at UMD

What is NACLO?
How do I register?
Important Dates
Directions
Contact

We are pleased to be a host site again for the 2022 North American Computational Linguistics Open competition (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 27, 2022), open to all interested high school and middle school students, and the Invitational Round (March 17, 2022), for students who have advanced from the first round.

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 2022 is now open on the NACLO website. The registration deadline is January 24. When completing the registration form, select University of Maryland as the site. Make sure to remember your ID. Due to COVID-19, this year we will be able to accommodate only up to 20 students. (Yes, we added a couple of spots, and now it's not 12, but 20!). After reaching this number, the registration for our site will be closed.

Important Dates

NACLO Open Round: January 27, 2022

  • Location : 2123, H. J. Patterson Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Schedule:
    • 09:15 AM - 9:55 AM - Report for the contest
    • 10:00 AM : Contest begins
    • 01:00 PM : Contest ends

NACLO Invitational Round: March 17, 2022

  • Location: 2123, H. J. Patterson Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Schedule:
    • 08:30 AM - 8:55 AM - Report for the contest
    • 09:00 AM : Contest begins
    • 01:00 PM : Contest ends

Contact

For questions about NACLO at the University of Maryland, contact Polina Pleshak (ppleshak@umd.edu).

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