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CSE hosts NACLO (North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad) in January 2014

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO), was hosted on January 30, 2014 by the Human Language Technologies lab (HiLT) in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Forty-two high school students from the DFW area participated in this competition.

NACLO is an educational competition in Computational Linguistics, the science of designing computer algorithms to solve linguistic problems. It challenges students to develop strategies for tackling problems in fascinating real languages and formal symbolic systems.

Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Associate Professor, and Genene Murphy, CSE Staff, supervised this event, along with the HiLT graduate students Jim Glenn, Natalie Parde and Wes Solomon. For more information about this competition, see this HiLT website.

CSE graduate students (L-R): Jim Glenn, Natalie Parde, Wes Solomon, with Grace, a HiLT Companionbot
Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Director of the HiLT lab, was the faculty sponsor of NACLO.
High school students checking in for the competition.
Jim Glenn reads the rules for NACLO for the group in the LARC.
Students taking the 3 hour test.
Wes Solomon reads the rules for the students in the HiLT lab.
R.L. Paschal High School NACLO Club came from Fort Worth. German teacher Ian Connally on the far right is the faculty sponsor of the team.
The Selwyn School in Denton also brought students to compete.

Photos taken by Genene Murphy.