Students Participated in ACM Programming Contest

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Two teams of Westminster College students participated in the 2011 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) East Central North America Programming Contest Oct. 21-22 at Youngstown State University.

The teams were under the direction of Dr. John Bonomo, Westminster associate professor of computer science, who served as a problem contributor and head judge.

• Team 1:  Dylan Karas and Timothy Matyas
• Team 2:  Peter Barber, Jenna Huston, and Ryen Wilkins

Contestants were given a set of nine programming problems and five hours to solve as many as possible.  Points were awarded based on the number of problems solved correctly, as well as the speed with which solutions were obtained.

Both Westminster teams solved one problem to finish 77th and 85th.  Winning teams were from Waterloo University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Toronto.

Youngstown State was one of four sites where the IBM-sponsored contest was held.  Other locations were: Grand Valley State University (Michigan), the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Windsor (Ontario).  The contest drew students from colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, eastern Ontario, and Indiana.  This year's contest hosted 122 teams.

The contest provides college students with opportunities to interact with students from other universities, and to sharpen and demonstrate their problem-solving, programming, and teamwork skills.

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Team 1: Timothy Matyas (L) and Dylan Karas (R)

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Team 2: Peter Barber, Jenna Huston, and Ryen Wilkins