Radev teams bring home gold, silver, bronze
Professor Dragomir Radev has once again coached his U.S. teams to victory in the 8th annual International Olympiad in Linguistics, a competition for secondary school students. Held this year in Stockholm, Sweden, the event drew 26 teams from 18 countries, including two teams from the U.S., USA Red and USA Blue.
The U.S. teams won several prizes, including–in the individual competition–one gold medal, three silver medals, two bronze medals and two honorable mentions. USA Blue took home the cup awarded to the team with the highest average score in the individual competition. USA Red took third place. Three team members also received Best Solution awards for their elegant explanations of individual problems.
The problems at this year’s IOL were in Mongolian, Budukh, Drehu, Romansch, Blissymbolics, and genetic sequence analysis. See examples of typical problems these young linguists are asked to solve.
This is the fourth time that the U.S. has sent teams to the IOL. Team USA members were selected from over 1,100 contestants in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) held in February and March. Radev’s co-coaches are Lori Levin of Carnegie Mellon University and Patrick Littell of the University of British Columbia.
This year’s team, as well as the NACLO competition, was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan, D.E. Shaw, University of Pittsburgh Intelligent Systems Program, the North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL), and other generous contributors.
Radev is a professor in the School of Information, the Division of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, and the Department of Linguistics in the College of Literature, Science & the Arts. He is also coordinator of the Information Analysis and Retrieval specialization of the SI Master of Science in Information program.Explore posts in the same categories: Faculty comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.