NACLO at Simon Fraser University

SFU is a local site for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO). NACLO is a fun and educational contest for U.S. and Canadian high-school students in which contestants compete to solve compelling and creative puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics. Requiring no previous knowledge of linguistics, languages, or computing, the puzzles can be solved by analytic reasoning alone, and serve as a stimulating introduction to the field of linguistics. In solving the problems, students learn about the richness, diversity and systematicity of language, while exercising natural logic and reasoning skills.

Students from high schools across North America compete in the Open Round. Top students from the Open Round travel to the Invitational Round. Winners of the Invitational have a chance to represent their country (USA or Canada) at the International Linguistics Olympiad.

Is NACLO for you? NACLO Online Practice is an interactive online system that allows you to practice with problems from previous competitions and have them automatically scored. 

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NACLO 2024 Open Round

SFU will host NACLO at the Burnaby Campus on January 25, 2024.

Contest runs for 3 hours, 9 am to 12 pm.

Room Location: RCB 7402


Registration for NACLO 2024 is now open.

Practice session:

Date: January 13, 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Zoom (Link To Be Posted)