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Release Date: Oct. 13, 2008ASU Logo

ASU Computer Science Students in ‘Battle of the Brains’

Three teams of Angelo State University computer science students will compete in the regional round of the 33rd annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Oct. 17-18 at Abilene Christian University.

The ASU teams will compete in the “Battle of the Brains” against divisional opponents ACU, Midwestern State University and LeTourneau University, as well as regional opposition from colleges and universities throughout Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and parts of New Mexico.

Each team is made up of three students who will be challenged to use their computer programming skills and mental endurance to solve complex, real-world problems under a five-hour deadline. The team that solves the most problems correctly in the least amount of time will win a spot at the ACM-ICPC World Finals April 18-20 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Students on the ASU teams are Evan Clayson, Clint Corases, Kyle Corases, Alan Gemoets, Stephanie Goin, Aaron Quade, James Reid, David Schlittler and Seth Stell. They will be accompanied to the regional contest by faculty sponsors Dr. Tim Roden, head of the Computer Science Department, and Dr. Mark Motl, professor of computer science.

ASU teams have been competing at the regional contest since 1986 and have consistently fared well, though not advancing to the World Finals. Last year, 6,700 teams representing 1,821 universities in 83 countries participated in the regional contests. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) joined two universities from Russia and one from the Ukraine as 2007 gold medal winners at the World Finals.