Two Computer Science Teams Competing in “Battle of the Brains” Tomorrow

October 30, 2009

Two teams of computer science students are competing for the world’s most prestigious computer programming competition, the 34th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest tomorrow.

The teams, along with their coach, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Louis Oliphant, will travel to Youngstown State University to compete against teams from 20 other schools including Baldwin-Wallace College, Duquesne University, Kent State University and Oberlin College.

Teams of three students will be challenged to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline. Tackling these problems is equivalent to completing a semester’s worth of computer programming in one afternoon. The team that solves the most problems correctly in the least amount of time will win a coveted spot on the World Finals roster.

This year’s regional competitions are expected to draw tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents for an all-out “battle of the brains.”

One hundred regional champions will meet when the contest culminates February 1 through 6, 2010, in Harbin, China. The best and brightest information technology students from around the globe will compete for awards, scholarships, prizes and bragging rights to the “world’s smartest trophy.”

IBM’s Web site also has more information about the contest, and podcasts of the contests are also available.

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