Who?

Organizers

The IOL is an event organized by many hands, all contributing on a volunteer basis to its realization. Professors, teachers, former participants and enthusiasts from different countries gather in different organizing bodies, such as the Board, the International Organizing Committee, the Problem Committee and the Jury. In addition, each year's edition is organized by a Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

Local Organizing Committee

Bruno L'Astorina
IOL, Instituto Vertere
Chair

Natália Guimarães
Instituto Vertere
Caçapava, SP
Vice-Chair, Logistics

Eloisa Pilati
University of Brasilia
Brasília, DF
Academic, Institutional

Janaína Weissheimer
Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
Natal, RN
Academic

Rodrigo Tiradentes
Portuguese Teacher
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Program

Cynthia Herkenhoff
IOL 2017, Applied Mathematician
Paris, France
User Experience

Artur Corrêa Souza
IOL 2018, Software Developer
Porto Alegre, RS
Technology

If you wish to enter in contact, you can write to [email protected].

Academic Council

The LOC is supported in all academic and scientific matters by the Academic Council, who gives valuable advices and institutional support for the best flow of the event. The Council is composed by:

Eduardo Cardoso MartinsFederal University of Amazonas (UFAM)
Eloisa PilatiUniversity of Brasília (UnB)
Heloisa de Almeida SallesUniversity of Brasília (UnB)
Janaina WeissheimerFederal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)
Joara Martin BergsleithnerUniversity of Brasília (UnB)

Supporting Team

The LOC can only coordinate the IOL effort by counting with the help of several other kind and enthusiastic people – many of them former IOL or ELO (Brazilian Olympiad's last round) participants. Those include:

Charles L'AstorinaEstúdio VértebraGeneral Design
Pedro LeãoIOL 2019Website
Roosmari PihlakIOL 2019, 2021Social media
Marina KawamuraELO 2020Video editing, communication
Carolina Motta BastosIOL 2023Communication
Thiago Augusto SantosELO 2023Communication
Senas AraújoELO 2023Communication
Maria LuporiniUFRJCultural Program
Rafael SantiagoUnBCerimonial
Lai OtsukaIOL 2022Exam Logistics
Fernando CésarIOL 2022User Experience

Institutions

In addition, the IOL 2024 is supported by various institutions. The organizational nucleus is drawn from Olimpíada Brasileira de Linguística (OBL), the Brazilian counterpart of the Linguistics Olympiads. As such, we have direct strategic support from Instituto Vertere and academic support from the Brazilian Linguistics Association (ABRALIN).

The IOL 2024 is mainly sponsored by Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), as well as by the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Problem Committee and Jury

The academic nucleus of IOL is the Problem Committee (IOL PC) , a permanent body composed of researchers, teachers and former participants, all experienced solvers, testers and composers of the genre of Self-sufficient linguistics problems. The PC works the whole year in the multilingual composition of the problems, in order to guarantee that all language versions of the problems are functionally equal. You can read more about it here.

During the event, the academic work (distributing the problems, overseeing the exams, marking the papers, presenting solutions, giving awards) is done by an International Jury, composed by members drawn from the PC. The International Jury for IOL 2024 is composed by:

Aleksejs Peguševs
PC member since 2012
IOL contestant in 2008, 2009 and 2010
Composer of music and linguistic problems, educator, mind sports athlete (mainly competitive Carcassonne). Masters in Linguistics from University of Oxford (2018) and Masters in Music from Sibelius Academy, Finland (2017).
Alexander Piperski
PC member since 2006
IOL contestant in 2004 and 2005
Moscow Traditional Linguistics Olympiad and APLO committee member. Senior lecturer at the Slavic Department at Stockholm University, research fellow at the Сhair of Computational Сorpus Linguistics at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Fond of public transport and cannoli siciliani.
Andrey Nikulin
PC member since 2018
IOL contestant in 2008, 2009 and 2010
Faculty member at Núcleo Takinahakỹ de Formação Superior Indígena, Federal University of Goiás, specializing in South American indigenous languages. Ph.D. in Linguistics from University of Brasília. Enjoys reptiles and the traditional music of Trinidad, Venezuela, Brazil, and Bolivia (particularly calypso and tecnobrega).
Boris Iomdin
PC member since 2003
Linguist specializing in lexicography and semantics, teaching linguistics and languages to children, high school, and university students in Russian, English, German, and Hebrew. Author of hundreds of linguistic problems, including 17 at the IOL. A fan of playing linguistic games, reading books, and researching linguistic games in books. www.borisiomdin.com
Dan-Mircea Mirea
PC member since 2019
IOL contestant in 2014 and 2015
PhD candidate in Psychology at Princeton University, undergraduate and Masters' from University of Cambridge. Linguistics & psychology content creator @danniesbrain on TikTok and Instagram. Big fan of singing (karaoke included), video/board games, Eurovision, and all things historical.
Daniel Rucki
PC member since 2012
IOL contestant in 2010, 2011 and 2012
Studied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, has collaborated with the Polish and Estonian LOs. Interested in language acquisition, historical linguistics, board games and travelling (especially to places with mountains).
Dmitry Gerasimov
PC member since 2005
Research engineer at Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales.
Elysia Warner
PC member since 2018
IOL contestant in 2013 and 2014
UKLO committee member. Studied Chinese and Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. Tax specialist for HM Government. Enjoys knitting, cryptic crosswords, and Bollywood dancing.
Hugh Dobbs
PC member since 2010
AILO committee member. Retired teacher at Newtown School (Waterford, Ireland).
Ivan Derzhanski
PC member since 2003
PhD (Cognitive Science, Edinburgh). Associate professor (Institute for Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences); does research in theoretical linguistics, lectures in computational linguistics, natural language processing and Python programming. Singlehandedly in charge of the Olympiad in Linguistics in Bulgaria (since 1998). Co-founder of IOL (2003).
Jan Petr
PC member since 2021
IOL contestant in 2015, 2016 and 2017
PhD student in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Member of the organizing team of ČLO. Fond of puzzles and games of various sorts, of learning and teaching, and of playing ultimate frisbee.
Ksenia Gilyarova
PC member since 2003
Associate Professor at the Institute of Linguistics, Russian State University for the Humanities. Authored ten problems for the IOL, five of which received the Solvers' Choice award. Parenting three kids. Enjoys hiking, jogging, and writing.
Liam McKnight
PC member since 2019
IOL contestant in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
Studied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, and now works in academic publishing. Linguistic interests include syntax, Chinese, pronouns and Irish; non-linguistic interests include improvised comedy/theatre and food of all kinds.
Maria Rubinstein
PC member since 2003
Moscow Traditional Linguistics Olympiad Problem Committee member since 1997, IOL Problem Committee member since the beginning. Working on Israeli Linguistics Olympiad. And a hobbyist photographer.
Milena Veneva
PC member since 2013
Applied mathematician. Bulgarian National Olympiad in Linguistics Problem Committee member since 2010. Enjoys travelling, reading books, and sport.
Przemysław Podleśny
PC member since 2021
IOL contestant in 2017 and 2018
MA student of Estonian and Finno-Ugric languages at the University of Tartu. Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and former student of Baltic Philology, Classical Philology, Ethnology at the University of Warsaw. In the past years contributed to Polish and Estonian LOs. A fan of challenges, puzzles, languages, words, sounds, letters and their more or less artful arrangements.
Shinjini Ghosh
PC member since 2018
IOL contestant in 2016, 2017 and 2018
APLO and PLO (India) Problem Committee member. Undergraduate in Computer Science and Linguistics, followed by MEng from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Enjoys painting, Indian classical dance, cooking, and board games.
Stanislav Gurevich
PC member since 2004
One of the organizers of Spanish LO. Founder (2001) and permanent director of Traditional Linguistics Summer School in Estonia. Passionate fan of seasonal mushroom-hunting.
Taehun Lee
PC member since 2009
IOL contestant in 2008
Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University. Research and Teaching include Comparative and World Literature---namely Russian, Turkish, and Japanese Literatures.
Tung-Le Pan
PC member since 2018
IOL contestant in 2017 and 2018
APLO and HKLO (Hong Kong; also co-founder) Problem Committee member. MA student in linguistics at the National Taiwan University. Enjoys tasting all kinds of beverages. Currently learning how to handstand, among other useless skills.
Yuyang Liu
PC member since 2021
IOL contestant in 2016 and 2017
China LO Problem Committee member. PhD student in Linguistics at Yale University.

Volunteers

In addition to the permanent bodies and to the LOC, running the actual IOL involves a lot of hands-on activities, performed by a group of national and international volunteers – working especially in coordinating, escorting and concierge-ing the students, but also preparing activities, distributing materials and keeping the flow and the energy of daily-life at IOL.

The team of volunteers for IOL 2024 was selected in January and February as a diverse team composed by enthusiastic, experienced and linguistics-loving individuals – and as the Local Organizing Team we deeply thank everyone who offered themselves. The final team are the following people:

Participants

An event is fundamentally made by its participants, selected from the many National Linguistics Olympiads around the globe. Below are the delegations registered for IOL 2024 so far (names of contestants and team leaders will come soon). This page is constantly being updated up to the date of the event.

Australia

Australia - Warrang

Team leader:

  • Deborah Panaretto

Contestants:

  • Tyson Lieu
  • Matthew Gu
  • Conrad Liu
  • James Fifield

Australia - Meanjin

Team leader:

  • Bronwyn Dewar

Contestants:

  • Mia Braun
  • Rory Ambrosius
  • Atako Nakamura
  • Yolanda Liang

Belka Team

Belka Team

Team leader:

  • Aleksey Starchenko

Contestants:

  • Nadežda Efremova
  • Ekaterina Churkina
  • Eleonora Stepanova
  • Mixail Nikitin

Observers:

  • Anastasiia Puchkova

Brazil

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Team leader:

  • Aleksandar Velinov

Contestants:

  • Ivanimira Nedelcheva
  • Nikolay Georgiev
  • Theodor Totev
  • Magdalena Vigenina

Bulgaria 2

Team leader:

  • Lyubomir Zlatkov

Contestants:

  • Nia Dimitrova
  • Sirma Karadjova
  • Siyana Pavlova
  • Ani Katelieva

Canada Anglophone

Canada (EN)

Team leader:

  • Ken Jiang

Contestants:

  • Marvin Mao
  • Aidan Wang
  • Perry Dai
  • Sophia Davis Morris

Canada Francophone

Canada (FR)

Team leader:

  • Corinne Soucy

Contestants:

  • Jonah Janzen
  • Mingzhe Li
  • Serine Shin
  • Jade Diwan

China

China Team Kun

Team leader:

  • Miao Di

Contestants:

  • Guo, Tianyuan
  • Yiling Jiang
  • Zhu, Yucheng
  • Li, Zhengze

China Team Qian

Team leader:

  • Yili

Contestants:

  • Liu Jiahong
  • Yijin Gui
  • Wen Feiran
  • He Jianxing

Colombia

Colombia

Team leader:

  • Misha Fomine

Contestants:

  • Margarita Carranza
  • Sofia Soto
  • Mariana Aguirre
  • Maria Ramos

Czechia

Czechia

Team leader:

  • Michaela Svatošová

Contestants:

  • Vít Černý
  • Richard Dobíšek
  • Miroslav Havel
  • Matěj Čapka

Estonia

Estonia

Team leader:

  • Linda Freienthal

Contestants:

  • Lisette-Liis Loorits
  • Margetta Pajuste
  • Karl-Erik Volberg
  • Margaret Braun

Finland

Finland

Team leader:

  • Emma Vesakoivu

Contestants:

  • Emilia Ovaskainen
  • Inka Pekkola
  • Emma Suomalainen
  • Terho Thorel

Germany

Eszett

Team leader:

  • André Meinunger

Contestants:

  • Tara-Yasmin Heil
  • Stella Heinzelmann
  • Lennart Zenker
  • Eva Lotte Lindner

Umlaut

Team leader:

  • Nathalie Topaj

Contestants:

  • Daniel Pahi
  • Leonard Kottisch
  • Philipp Lörcks
  • Mikhail Iomdin

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Team leader:

  • Vlad A. Neacșu

Contestants:

  • Choi John Nathaniel
  • Daniel Lin
  • Henry Wong
  • Maxwell Ji

Observers:

  • Ian Tam

Hungary

Teniszütő

Team leader:

  • Ákos Blaskovics

Contestants:

  • Lili Baranyai
  • Máté Gergely Virág
  • Júlia Hegedűs
  • Flóra Leiszter

Uborka

Team leader:

  • Blanka Kövér

Contestants:

  • Pál Czanik
  • Gergő Holló
  • Ágnes Anna Hornok
  • Rudolf András Virág

India

India

Team leader:

  • Manish Shrivastava

Contestants:

  • Faraz Ahmed Siddiqui
  • Aadibhav Prasad
  • Animikha Dutta Dhar
  • Pratyush Vempati

India 2

Team leader:

  • Parameshwari Krishnamurthi

Contestants:

  • Ananya Agarwal
  • H Jatin Vikash
  • Shrilakshmi Venkatraman
  • Diya Agrawal

Iran

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Team leader:

  • Hossein Ghasempour Moghaddam

Contestants:

  • Amir Mahdi Jamshidiha
  • Farnam Ahmadian
  • Sara Toor
  • Mohammad Hassan Zare Bidaki

Ireland

Ireland

Team leader:

  • Cara Tighe

Contestants:

  • Dáithí Butler
  • Paddy Clancy
  • Eliška Dvořáková
  • Patrick Chen

Observers:

  • Harold Somers

Israel

Israel

Team leader:

  • Sophya Welle

Contestants:

  • Lev Ianushevich
  • Roman Roginsky
  • Martha Vogman
  • Olya Besova

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Team leader:

  • Mukash Gulsara

Contestants:

  • Glukhikh Yegor
  • Darkhan Poyezkanov
  • Galymzhankyzy Amina
  • Yessenkulov Yelizar

Latvia

Latvia

Team leader:

  • Vladimirs Ļitvinskis

Contestants:

  • Anna Loseva
  • Borislavs Konstantins Kučiks
  • Maksims Hodosevičs
  • Varvara Gromova

Observers:

  • Ata Krūmiņa

Malaysia

Malaysia

Team leader:

  • Deborah Chow

Contestants:

  • Lim Ming Wen
  • Tan Yu Xuan
  • Leang Kar Men
  • Adib Asyraf Bin Abdul Aziz

Malta

Maltilinguals

Team leader:

  • Sandra Vella

Contestants:

  • Jade Xuereb
  • Shanel Cassar
  • Ariana McCarthy
  • Carlo Rossi

Nepal

Netherlands

Netherlands

Team leader:

  • Charlotte Wennekes

Contestants:

  • Fiona Haarbrink
  • Rens van Haaster
  • Matthijs Tang
  • Andries Zijlstra

Philippines

Philippines

Team leader:

  • Maria Victorina Rada

Contestants:

  • Sandrene Rylie Sy
  • Maddigan Hailey Sy
  • Rainier Roi Tayam
  • Erika Fiel Danac

Observers:

  • Emerita Danac

Poland

Portugal

Republic of Korea

Korea Hae

Team leader:

  • Jaeyeong Yang

Contestants:

  • Nayoon Goo
  • Solyeop Kim
  • Ahreum Ryu
  • Gyuhwa Lee

Korea Dal

Team leader:

  • Sooyoun Im

Contestants:

  • Seoyeon Ku
  • Gangrae Kim
  • Sihoo Lee
  • Jaehyun Lee

Republic of Moldova

Romania

Romania 1

Team leader:

  • Robert-Paul Helmer

Contestants:

  • Ioana-Steliana Barbu
  • Matei Chirilă
  • Ioana Stănoiu
  • Elena Păvăloaia

Romania 2

Team leader:

  • Mihai-Alexandru Bratu

Contestants:

  • Mihaela Anghel
  • Karina-Adriana Stăncescu
  • Sergiu Manea
  • Luiza-Teodora Mihai

Observers:

  • Roxana-Magdalena Preda

Singapore

Singapore

Team leader:

  • Chong Han

Contestants:

  • Cheng Dylan Shiying
  • Tan Junheng
  • Jaeden Soon Chuankai
  • Yutong Heng

Slovenia

Slovenia

Team leader:

  • Simona Klemenčič

Contestants:

  • Patricia Király
  • Brest Lenarčič
  • Bruno Žižmund
  • Nives Gošnjak

Sweden

Sweden Älg

Team leader:

  • Emil Ingelsten

Contestants:

  • Elisabet Xie
  • Jacob Strömgård
  • Elvin Runeson
  • Adam Ahlberg

Sweden Mård

Team leader:

  • Louise Malm

Contestants:

  • Moaaz Saad
  • Markus Farnebäck
  • William Eriksson
  • Allan Ismail

Switzerland

Taiwan

Taiwan Blue Magpie

Team leader:

  • Grace Kuo

Contestants:

  • Li-Bang Chen
  • Jen-Chien Hou
  • Yu-Chiao Liao
  • Po-Hsiang Wang

Taiwan Black Bear

Team leader:

  • Chenhao Chiu

Contestants:

  • Bo-Siang Chen
  • Cheng-You Ko
  • Eric Wu
  • Samantha Kao

Thailand

Thailand

Team leader:

  • Nattanun Chanchaochai

Contestants:

  • Pitchayapa Cusinsup
  • Siravit Sriboonjareanchai
  • Narongrith Artnarongrith
  • Tanupat Trakulthongchai

Observers:

  • Natchanan Natpratan

Ukraine

Ukraine

Team leader:

  • Tamila Krashtan

Contestants:

  • Ostap Drushchak
  • Denys Tereshchenko
  • Oleksandra Gol'dina
  • Kateryna Berehulyak

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Team leader:

  • Simi Hellsten

Contestants:

  • Alison Craig-Greene
  • Max Fisher-Ayres
  • Yipeng Xu
  • Zachary Yen

Observers:

  • Daniel Turaev

United States of America

United States of America

Team leader:

  • Lorraine Levin

Contestants:

  • Jonathan Sakunkoo
  • Deeraj Pothapragada
  • Jonathan Ding
  • Aaron Chai

United States of America 2

Team leader:

  • Robin Hammer

Contestants:

  • Devin Joe
  • Varin Sikka
  • Linus Law
  • Kevin Wang

Vietnam