The USM Linguistics Department will be a host site for NACLO (North American Computational Linguistics Open competition). NACLO is a fun (and educational!) contest for U.S. and Canadian high school students in which contestants compete by solving compelling and creative puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics. Requiring no previous knowledge of linguistics, languages, or computing, these puzzles can be solved by analytic reasoning alone, and serve as a fun introduction to a field to which many high school students have never been introduced. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. Winners of NACLO are eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Open competition, one of twelve international high school science Open competitions. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.
When: Thursday, January 23 (Competition Open Round) and Thursday, March 5 (Competition Invitational Round)
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm (Competition Open Round) and 9:00am-1:00pm (Competition Invitational Round)
Registration: Free, register here
Where: Glickman Family Library, Room 423/424, USM Portland Campus. 314 Forest Avenue, Portland
Driving Directions (Google Maps):
From the South
Take the Maine Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 44 (South Portland/Downtown Portland). Follow I-295 to Exit 6B, Forest Avenue North. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Bedford Street. Glickman Family Library is on your left.
From the North
Take the Maine Turnpike to Exit 47, Rand Road/Westbrook. Exit right onto ME-25/Rand Road and follow ME-25 E for 3 miles. At the six-way intersection by the Portland campus, bear slightly left onto Bedford Street. Glickman Family Library is on your right.