iSchool takes 3rd at regional competition

Posted November 05, 2010

Students in the ACU School of Information Technology and Computing brought home third place at the regional level of the 35th annual IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest. Competing against 69 teams from 30 schools from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, ACU came in ahead of Baylor University, Rice University and Texas A&M University.

ACM ICPC"These results just reinforce our belief that the ACU’s iSchool is one of the premier programs for computer programming in our region," says Ray Pettit, adjunct instructor of computer science.
"We are extremely proud of our students and the dedication it took to be so successful in this competition.”

Only the top two schools move on to the international finals. ACU just missed the cutoff time by a few minutes, completing the same number of problems as the second-place team, The University of Oklahoma.

“Our students began the rigorous training for this competition early last semester to be ready to take on the challenge,” says Dr. Dwayne Towell, assistant professor of computer science. “The great results aren’t surprising at all given the high quality of the students in our program."

The students on ACU’s top team included Nigel Bosch, junior computer science major from Loveland, Colo.; Daniel Tomkins, senior physics and computer science major from Abilene; and Tom Prince, senior computer science major from Round Rock, Texas.

In the competition, students applied programming skills to solve complex, real-world problems under a five-hour deadline. The team that solved the most problems correctly in the least amount of time won the contest.

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