NACLO practice session at Stony Brook (Jan. 14)

On January 14, Stony Brook Linguisitcs hosted a practice session for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) in the IACS conference room (Organizer: Professor Lori Repetti). NACLO is a contest in which middle and high-school students solve linguistic puzzles using logic, reason and computational principles.

14 middle and high-school students participated along with some of their parents and teachers, representing Dawnwood Middle School, Comsewogue High School, Half Hollow Hills High School East, Half Hollow Hills High School West, the Long Island School for the Gifted, and the Stony Brook School. Our alumna Professor Christina Tortora (CUNY Linguistics) introduced the practice session with an overview of the science of language, and then the students broke into two groups to practice problems. The groups were mentored by Professor Lori Repetti and our Ph.D. students Aniello De Santo, Nazila Shafiei, and Hongchen Wu. Professors Jeffrey Heinz, Richard Larson, and Ph.D. students So Young Lee, Paola Cépeda and Yang Liu were also in attendance to help with this event. Professor Larson said "I thought the intro presentation by Prof. Christina Tortora was terrific and engaging. And looking into the problem solving rooms afterwards, it was clear the kids were totally engaged. A great job and a fun afternoon!"

The NACLO contest itself takes place on January 25.