Students compete in Battle of the Brains

Posted October 29, 2010

Three teams of students from Abilene Christian University are getting ready to do an entire semester’s worth of computer programming in one day. In the 35th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest, also known as the Battle of the Brains, ACU will compete to earn a spot in the World Finals of the IBM-Sponsored ACM-ICPC in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

ACM ICPCOn Oct. 30, the three ACU teams will compete in a regional competition against LeTourneau University, Louisiana Tech University, The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Texas at Tyler and University of Houston. The event will take place at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

These universities will compete in a regional round of problem solving to advance to the finals hosted by the University of Cincinnati. Tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents are expected to compete in this stage of the competition.

Teams of three students each will apply their programming skills to solve complex, real-world problems under a five-hour deadline. The winner will be the team that solves the most problems correctly in the least amount of time.

“Today, software and information technologies are about reinventing the way the world works. The ACM-ICPC trains the next generation of engineers how to apply technology to real world scenarios, all in an effort to make our planet a better place, while at the same time delivering exciting solutions to relevant and pressing global issues, ” said Alan Ganek, chief technology officer and vice president of strategy for business and technology at IBM Software Group. 

For more information on the “Battle of the Brains,” visit the ACM-ICPC website.