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CSE Teams Improve in Intercollegiate Competition

October 31, 2002

The CSE@UTA programming teams made their best showing in recent years in the Regional Intercollegiate Computer Programming Contest held on Saturday, November 2 on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Preliminary results show that the three teams placed 7th, 9th and 15th competing against 71 other teams from 35 universities in a four state region.

The UTA teams were: “Cereberate,” taking 7th place and working five problems - Andy Goth, Matt Andrews and Jay Cox; “0xDEADBEEF,” taking 9th place and working four problems - Andrey Litvin, Charles Vaughn and Karthik Gopalratnam; and “Excalibur,” taking 15th place and working three problems - Tony Vance, David Hudspeth, and Ben Burns. 0xDEADBEEF also won special recognition for being the first team to solve one of the problems posed for the teams.

CSE@UTA team alternate Farhan Khawaja was placed on a team comprised of alternates from other universities; this “pick up” team managed to place 19th. This is extraordinary, because these teams do not have an opportunity to practice together before the weekend of the contest. It is rare for such teams to solve many problems.

Team coach Gil Carrick said that he and the CSE@UTA team members were quite proud of their results. The highest placing by a UTA team for the last two years was 14th. The University of Texas at Austin fared best in the contest, taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. UTA, however, can take extra pride that Dr. Craig Varnell, who received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from UTA, coached for another university that faired well in the contest. Varnell’s LeTourneau University teams placed 6th and 8th.

Dr. Carter Tiernan accompanied the teams to Baton Rouge. She focused her efforts on recruiting graduate students from among the schools that did not have graduate computer science programs. During the contest, teams have one computer and are allowed five hours in which to solve eight problems. Linux was the platform this year and Pascal, JAVA and C or C++ were the programming languages.