TU students earn entry to international "Battle of the Brains"

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Contest to be held May 2012 in Poland

TU teamThree University of Tulsa computer science students have earned entry into the world finals of the Association for Computing Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest sponsored by IBM. The TU students' team, Aleph 1, won the ACM South Central USA Regional Programming Contest on Oct. 29, which qualifies them to participate in the international competition set for May 14-18, 2012, in Warsaw, Poland.

The regional contest featured 68 teams from Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Aleph 1 – comprised of senior Logan Brooks and juniors Alex Ruff and Stephen Macke – was the only team to solve five of eight problems in the allotted five hours.

TU Computer Science Professor Sandip Sen, the team's faculty coach, said the regional win by Aleph 1 is the best finish by any TU team during the past 25 years that the university has been participating in the contest. The finals, hosted by the University of Warsaw, will feature 105 teams from around the world competing for awards and prizes in what's been nicknamed the "Battle of the Brains."

The ACM-ICPC is a multitier, team-based programming competition involving a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the World Finals. Participation has grown to 25,000 computer science students and faculty at more than 2,000 universities from 88 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

The competition pits teams of three university students against eight or more complex, real-world problems, with a five-hour deadline. Teammates collaborate to rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds and build software systems that solve the problems under the scrutiny of expert judges.

To learn more about the ICPC, please visit http://acmicpc.org.

Mona Chamberlin