Hosts Collegiate Programming Contest Oct. 23
October 15, 2004
Mass. -- Computer science majors will vie for the chance to compete
regionally and internationally at the Boston area preliminary
round of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International
Collegiate Programming Contest at Wellesley College’s Science
Center on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 am-4 pm.
The event promises a day of both intense competition and team-spirited
fun. Among the teams expected to compete will be members of the
student group Wellesley Association for Computing (WAC), which
practices weekly for such competitions. Other competitors will
include Brown University and Colby, Bryant, Providence and Stonehill
colleges. A second Boston Area Preliminary event will be held at
Fitchburg State College. About 16 colleges teams will compete at
the two sites; the top four teams from these competitions will
proceed to the Northeastern Regionals.
“The top teams from the regionals will go on to the international
contest, which will be held in Shanghai this year,” said
Wellesley computer science professor Franklyn Turbak.
Teams will arrive at Wellesley as early as 8 am to become acquainted
with the contest rules and software. The contest begins at 10 am
and lasts until 3pm. A final meeting in which results are announced
takes place afterward, and the contest wraps up around 4 pm.
“Each team has between one and three members and is allowed
to use exactly one computer as a team,” Turbak said. “They
are given five to seven programming problems, each of which requires
writing a program that solves a problem. Teams can write their
programs in C, C++, or Java programming languages.”
Teams try to complete as many of the problems as possible in the
allotted five hours. The problems are hard enough that most teams
will solve none or perhaps one of the problems.
“But a few good teams will solve most of the problems, and
there is often an excellent team or two than can solve them all,” Turbak
said. An electronic scoreboard will allow competitors to see which
teams have solved which problems. For more information on the contest,
go to http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/ or call Turbak at 781-283-3049.
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an
excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For
more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.