LETU to Host Regional Computer Programming Contest Nov. 6-7
Thu, Nov 5 2009
LeTourneau University will host a remote site of the South Central
regional 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition on Friday and Saturday, Nov 6-7,
sponsored by IBM.
The contest pits teams of three university students against eight
or more complex, real-world problems, with a five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer,
competitors race against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance.
Registration begins in the Education Building room 117 from 4:30
to 8 p.m. Students are allowed open practice from 4:30 to 10 p.m. in the Longview Hall computer
lab. On Saturday, all teams meet from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. to discuss contest rules. At noon the
contest will start and run for five hours. The competition will be held simultaneously on the
campuses of LETU, Texas A&M, LSU Baton Rouge, Abilene Christian University, and Eastern
Oklahoma University. The schools competing at the LETU site include LeTourneau
University, The University of Texas at Dallas and The University of Texas at Tyler.
LETU will enter four teams of three into the competition.
Competing for Team Hade will be senior
Robert Whiting and juniors
Brett Smith and
Bion Oren. Team Kilte will be seniors
Joseph Wallace and
Kim White and junior
Joshua Hillmann. Team Seleste will be seniors
Silas Brill and
Michael Roettger and sophomore
Justin Pawula. Team Arba’ete will be seniors
Dan Ferguson and
Daniel Buck and freshmen
“The South Central USA Programming Competition offers outstanding
programmers from across Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana the opportunity to participate in a
competitive programming challenge to determine which two teams will represent the region in the
IBM-sponsored 2010 World Programming Finals to be held at Hardin Engineering University in China,”
said Dr. Brent Baas, LETU professor and computer science department chair. “As teams prepare
for the regional competition, they strengthen both their competence and confidence in their
programming abilities. The competition offers them the opportunity to showcase their skills
to the world.”
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 intense scrutiny of expert judges. For a well-versed computer science student, some of the
problems require precision only. Others require a knowledge and understanding of advanced
algorithms. Still others are simply too hard to solve—except, of course, for the world’s brightest
This “Battle of the Brains” is the largest and most prestigious
computing competition in the world, with more than tens of thousands of students from universities
in approximately 90 countries on six continents participating. Since IBM began sponsoring the
contest in 1997, participation has grown from 1,100 to more than 7,100 teams.
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.
The World Finals will be held Feb 1-6, 2010 at Harbin Engineering
University in Harbin, China. One hundred world finalist teams will compete for awards, prizes
and bragging rights. These teams represent the best of the great universities on six continents—the
cream of the crop.