Ireland wins Bronze medal and Honourable Mention at the International Linguistics Olympiad

The Irish team has taken home a bronze medal and an honourable mention from the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), taking place remotely from ADAPT Dublin City University this week. The Irish team is made up of the top four students from the 2021 All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) which is run by ADAPT, the SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology, at the School of Computing, DCU.

Pictured: David Wright, Natalia Timulakova, Oscar Despard and Justin Cunningham

The team was made up of Justin Cunningham from Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Oscar Despard (Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, Dublin), Natalia Timulakova (Holy Faith Clontarf, Dublin) and David Wright (Lucan Community College, Dublin). Oscar Despard won a bronze medal in the Individual Round and Natalia Timulakova won an honourable mention in the same round.

The students undertook online training with co-team leaders Prof Harold Somers and Dr Cara Greene of ADAPT in the School of Computing. The International Olympiad was held remotely (hosted by Latvia) and saw the students come up against approximately 200 top linguistic problem-solvers, from 30 countries, to tackle some of the toughest puzzles in logic and linguistics in little-known languages from all over the globe. The students faced a 6-hour individual round paper on Tuesday in the School of Computing DCU and a 4-hour team round on Wednesday. Well done to the whole team. They have done Ireland proud.

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