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Feb. 26: Carnegie Mellon To Host Computational Linguistics Olympiad, March 29


Byron Spice

Anne Watzman

Carnegie Mellon To Host Computational
Linguistics Olympiad, March 29    

PITTSBURGH—High school students who are interested in language, are good at math and like computers have a large range of higher education and career options they can pursue, including one they probably have never heard of — computational linguistics.    

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, which will be held at Carnegie Mellon University and in other cities March 29, is a competition, but also a way to acquaint students with the field. Linguistics is the study of languages and the ways in which they are similar to or different from each other. Computational linguistics encompasses areas such as search engines, computer translation, and voice-recognition and dictation systems.    

"Often, students don't begin a major in linguistics or computational linguistics until they are midway through their undergraduate education," said Lori Levin, associate research professor in Carnegie Mellon's Language Technologies Institute. "Our goal is to find talented students early."

Students need not know anything about computational linguistics to participate in the Olympiad, Levin said. Training will be made available in March for those interested, but March 12 is the registration deadline. To try some sample problems, learn more about the Olympiad and register, visit    

Carnegie Mellon's Language Technologies Institute, part of the School of Computer Science, offers a master's degree in language technologies and a Ph.D. in language and information technologies.