On Saturday, Nov. 3, three teams of Knox computer science students came in 10th, 1th and 15th at the Association for Computing Machinery Intercollegiate Programming Contest, competing against the top five teams in the entire Mid-Central region
Senior Andrei Papancea and sophomores Matt Lichty and Ben Lyon solved four out of eight programming problems in the five-hour time span allotted in order to capture the 10th place spot, beating teams from Illinois Wesleyan University, DePaul University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign, among others.
Junior Lauren Harris and sophomores Marc Spehlmann and Anda Xu came in 11th with three problems solved; seniors Johnathan Ebbers and Sung-Joo Lee and junior Avinab Rajbhandary came in 15th with two problems solved.
“This is a very good showing,” Professor of Computer Science and ACM Contest judge John Dooley said in a press release. “It continues our tradition of fielding strong teams in this contest. These students have been working hard all term, practicing every week to get ready for this contest.”
Knox students have attended the competition for several years, but this was only the second year in a row that three Knox teams attended the competition. A total of 155 teams competed in the Mid-Central Regional division of the contest, including 20 at the University of Illinois-Springfield site, where Knox competed. The top five teams in the region were all at the Springfield site, and the top two, from the University of Chicago, will advance to the ACM Intercollegiate Programming Contest World Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia.
This year, Knox was among the top three liberal arts colleges in the region, compared to being in the top five in 2011. Last year, the three Knox teams came in 9th, 15th and 16th. Papancea and Rajbhandary were the only returning competitors.
Editor’s Note: Johnathan Ebbers is Co-Web Editor for The Knox Student; Andrei Papancea is Graphic Designer.