Computer programming teams to participate in regional competition

A total of 22 computer science and mathematics students competed Friday to represent Windsor in the regional competition of the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Friday’s local competition had contestants battle it out in Erie Hall’s Java Lab for three hours to solve five programming problems using the C, C++ or Java language. The top two teams, with a third participating as a reserve, are:

  1. Chris Drouillard, Alex Velazques and Matt Renaud
  2. Adam Heinermann, Dillon Friesen and Nemanja Petrovic
  3. Efron Silvan Berlian, Chance Chase, and Minghan Zhang

The upcoming contest at the University of Windsor, the only Canadian host site in the region, will have the teams solve nine problems in five hours on November 2 and 3, says Ziad Kobti, director of the School of Computer Science.

“We have students who have been practising all year round. It is great to see students dedicating their time and training themselves to succeed, and our top team did just that,” Dr. Kobti says.

The IBM-sponsored East Central North America Regional Programming Contest draws undergraduate students from western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Ontario, and Indiana. Winners advance to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals, where the world champions will return home with the “World’s Smartest” trophy as well as prizes and scholarships.

November’s event is open to all undergraduate students interested in programming or volunteering. For more information on the competition, visit the School of Computer Science Web site.

— by Chantelle Myers

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