By Rose Barrett
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 last week.
It’s Oscar Despard who attends Sandford Park School, Ranelagh in the Individual Round, who won the bronze medal with Natalia Timulakova winning an honourable mention in the same round.
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.
Joining Oscar and Natalia to make up the team are Justin Cunningham from Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge and David Wright form Lucan Community College.
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.
Students faced a 6-hour individual round paper on Tuesday of last week in the School of Computing DCU and a 4-hour team round on Wednesday. Well done all the team, they’ve done themselves, Ireland and their schools proud!