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Release Date: Oct. 28, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Computer Science Students in ‘Battle of the Brains’

Two teams of Angelo State University computer science students will compete in the regional round of the 34th annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Nov. 6-7 at Abilene Christian University.

The ASU teams will compete in the “Battle of the Brains” against divisional opponents ACU, Hardin-Simmons University, Midwestern State University, University of Texas-Arlington and University of Texas-Permian Basin as well as regional opposition from colleges and universities throughout Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and parts of New Mexico.

Each team is made up of three students who will be challenged to use their computer programming skills and mental endurance to solve complex, real-world problems under a five-hour deadline. The team that solves the most problems correctly in the least amount of time will win a spot at the ACM-ICPC World Finals Feb. 1-6 in Harbin, China.

Students on the ASU teams are Clint Corases, Stephanie Goin, Robert Weisbecker, Kyle Flanagan, Mathew Gray and Zachary Holley, plus alternates Ian Wilson and Stephen Workman. They will be accompanied to the regional contest by faculty sponsors Dr. Tim Roden, head of the Computer Science Department, Dr. Mark Motl, professor of computer science, and Dr. Rob LeGrand, assistant professor of computer science.

ASU teams have been competing at the regional contest since 1986 and have consistently fared well, though not advancing to the World Finals. Last year, 7,109 teams representing 1,838 universities in 88 countries participated in the regional contests. Three teams from universities in Russia and one from China were the 2009 gold medal winners at the World Finals.

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