Sunday 19 November 2017

Code-breaker Conor part of team to win Trinity 'cracker'

Conor Kelleher, Good Counsel College, New Ross, receives his prize from Professor Vincent Wade.
Conor Kelleher, Good Counsel College, New Ross, receives his prize from Professor Vincent Wade.

CODE CRACKER Conor Kelleher from Good Counsel College was part of a talented linguistics team that won the national team challenge in the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) Finals, which were held at Trinity College, Dublin.

The team was comprised of students from Good Counsel College, Gonzaga College (Dublin), and Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí, Co. Kerry. The competition challenges students to apply logic and reasoning skills to solve complex language puzzles in unfamiliar languages, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of multilingual technology graduates to possess a powerful blend of language competency and problem-solving expertise.

Conor's code-breaking abilities shone as his team tackled problems in Swahili, musical code, and the Australian language Yidiny, triumphing in the team category. Professor in Computer Science at Trinity, and Director of AILO organisers CNGL, Vincent Wade, said: 'The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad hones students' problem solving, lateral thinking and language skills, which are all key requirements in today's global business world.

'By combining computational thinking and linguistics in a fun way, the contest is inspiring students to pursue third level studies at the intersection of computing, linguistics and language.'

In preparation for the AILO final, Conor received tuition from experts at CNGL, a €61 million academia-industry research centre that adapts and personalises digital content, products and services to the needs of global customers.

The individual winners will team up to test their language decoding skills against the world's best at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Beijing, China, in July.

New Ross Standard

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