Carmel Valley student qualifies for USA Computational Linguistics Olympiad Team

Catherine Wu

Canyon Crest Academy Senior Catherine Wu has made the USA Computational Linguistics Olympiad Team and will represent the United States to compete at the International Computational Linguistics Olympiad this summer.

This Olympiad is a contest in which high school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. The problems range widely across traditional and computational linguistic topics — from orthography and transcription systems to syntax, semantics, morphology, and phonology, as well as dealing with computational tools such as finite state transducers and combinatorial categorial grammars. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields.

It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.

In addition, as a Gold Medalist at the International Biology Olympiad last year, once again Catherine Wu has qualified as one of 20 students national-wide for the U.S. National Biology Olympiad (USBO). She has won the opportunity to attend the Biology Olympiad Camp. At the beginning of June, Catherine — along with 19 national finalists — will attend a nationally-recognized institution for a two-week training. At the end of the two weeks, four students will be selected to represent the United States to compete at the International Biology Olympiad, which will be held in Bali, Indonesia, in July.

Catherine has been accepted by Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and MIT. She will likely attend Harvard this fall.