Duke Hosts Regional “Battle Of The Brains” Programming Competition

November 8, 2005

Student teams are challenged to use their programming skills and mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under deadline.

A "battle of the brains" will take place on Nov. 12, 2005, as Duke University hosts teams from 15 universities in a regional competition that is part of the 30thAssociation for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM. The 28 teams will compete for the chance to move on to the contest's world finals April 9-13, 2006, in San Antonio Texas.

The Duke contest will begin at 1 p.m. in the Levine Science Research Center, D-wing and is open to the public. The Duke programming teams are being coached by Professor of the Practice of Computer Science Owen Astrachan.

In the contest, three-student teams are challenged to use their programming skills and mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under deadline.

“Computer programming has changed dramatically over the last three decades, and this contest has become the arena at which the best and brightest programming students pit their skills and creativity against each other,” said Douglas Heintzman, director of technical strategy for IBM software, and sponsorship executive of the ICPC. “This contest gives university students -- who are the technology innovators of tomorrow -- the chance to experience leading-edge programming environments, while honing skills they will need in their careers.”

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