SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield was the host site for an international programming contest, held November 3 in Brookens Auditorium on the UIS campus.
Nineteen teams from eight colleges and universities competed in the 32nd annual International Collegiate Programming Contest, sponsored by IBM and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Also known as the Global "Battle of the Brains" Software Competition, the event pits three-member student teams, including some of the world's finest students in computing sciences and engineering, against each other as they compete to solve real-world problems. The event has become the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind and this year is expected to include tens of thousands of students from universities in 82 countries on six continents. Following regional contests held from September to December world-wide, 90 teams will advance to the World Finals, which for 2008 will be held in April in Alberta, Canada.
Winners of the local event were Illinois State University (first place), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (second place), and two teams from Knox College (third and fourth places). Sponsors included UIS, Novanis, and Capitol Strategies. UIS graduate student Laszlo Acs served as site director.
See additional information about the International Collegiate Programming Contest.
For more information, contact Ted Mims, professor and chair of the Computer Science Department at UIS, at 206-7326.