About APLO

Asia Pacific Linguistics Olympiad

Asia Pacific Linguistics Olympiad (APLO) is a regional linguistics olympiad with the aim of escalating attention to language and linguistics in the Asia Pacific region. It is similar to the International Linguistics Olympiad in spirit, and the nature and style of the problems. The APLO began in 2019 and is held in late March or early April every year. 

APLO is not a contest where students from different countries physically meet in one place to participate in the competitions. Instead, all contestants will compete in their home country on the same day.

APLO Board

Minkyu Kim

General Co-Chair

  • General Co-Chair of Korea Linguistics Olympiad (KLO)
  • Local Organizing Co-Chair of IOL 2019 Yongin

Monojit Choudhury

General Co-Chair

  • General Chair of Panini Linguistics Olympiad (PLO)
  • Local Organizing Chair of IOL 2016 Mysore

Shu-Kai Hsieh

Board Member
  • Organizer of Taiwan Olympiad in Linguistics (TOL)
  • Team Leader of Taiwan to IOL

Suhaimi Ramly

Board Member
  • Vice Chair of Malaysian Computational Linguistics Olympiad (MyCLO)
  • Team Leader of Malaysia to IOL

Simona Klemenčič

Public Relations Chair

  • Board Member (Public Relations Chair) of IOL
  • Team Leader of Slovenia

Rujul Gandhi

Board Member

  • International Jury Chair of APLO

Vlad A. Neacșu

International Jury Chair (2022-present)

  • Organizer of Romanian Linguistics Olympiad
  • Organizer of Hong Kong Linguistics Olympiad
  • Team Leader of Hong Kong

Local Organizers


Currently inactive


International Teenager competition and Communication Center (Beijing Infinite Education Inc.)
Person of Contact: Yili

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-Peking University Research Centre on Chinese Linguistics
Person of Contact: Huang Chu-Ren


IIIT Hyderabad
Person of Contact: Monojit Choudhury


​IOLing Japan
Person of Contact: Nathan Takeru Matsuo Somers


Malaysian Computational Thinking Association
Person of Contact: Suhaimi Ramly


Language Technology Kendra
Person of Contact: Bal Krishna Bal

Republic of Korea

Korea Linguistics Olympiad

Person of Contact: Minkyu Kim


GIL, National Taiwan University

Person of Contact: Shu-Kai Hsi eh

Guest countries


to be updated


Romainan National Olympiad in Linguistics

Person of Contact: Vlad Neacsu


to be updated

Person of Contact: TBA


Ukrainian Olympiads in Linguistics

Person of Contact: Danylo Mysak


International Contests and Competitions “WORLD WINNER”

Person of Contact: Sabina Ismatillaeva