Learning from OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad

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    Abstract

    The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO) started in 2008 in only two locations and has since grown to a na-tionwide competition with almost 1500 high school students participating in 2013. An Aus-tralian team has participated in the Interna-tional Linguistics Olympiad (ILO) every year since 2009. This paper describes how the competition is run (with a regional First Round and a final National Round) and the or-ganisation of the competition (a National Steering Committee and Local Organising Committees for each region) and discusses the particular challenges faced by Australia (tim-ing of the competition and distance between the major population centres). One major fac-tor in the growth and success of OzCLO has been the introduction of the online competi-tion, allowing participation of students from rural and remote country areas. The organisa-tion relies on the good-will and volunteer work of university and school staff but the strong interest among students and teachers shows that OzCLO is responding to a demand for linguistic challenges.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Teaching Natural Language Processing
    Place of PublicationUnited States of America
    PublisherAssociation of Computational Linguistics (ACL)
    Pages35-41
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-937284-69-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventAnnual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL 2013 51st) : Fourth Workshop on Teaching Natural Language Processing - Sofia, Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Duration: 9 Aug 20139 Aug 2013
    Conference number: 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL 2013 51st)
    Abbreviated titleNAACL
    CountryBulgaria
    CitySofia
    Period9/08/139/08/13

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    Bow, C. (2013). Learning from OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad. In Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Teaching Natural Language Processing (pp. 35-41). Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL).