|Organizational Meeting||Thursday, August 30||3:45pm||Ritter 225|
|Regional Competition||Saturday, November 3||(much of day)||Webster University|
|World Finals (!)||April 6-10, 2008||Banff Springs, Canada|
Each year the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) holds an international programming contest for college students. Students work in teams of three to solve as many problems as possible in a five-hour time period. The available programming languages for the contest are C++ and Java.
Last year's contest involved 6099 teams from 82 countries. Teams intitally compete in regional competitions in the Fall, and the top 80 or so teams in the world travel to the Finals the following Spring.
Saint Louis University can send six students (two teams of three) to the regional competition, which will be held at Webster University on Saturday, November 3. We'd like you to be one of them.
Interested students should come attend an organizational meeting at 3:45pm on Thursday, August 30, 2007 in Ritter 225.
There is also an opportunity to receive university credit for those interested in participating in the contest. This semester, our department is offering a Special Topics course titled Computational Problem Solving (CSCI 293). This course will serve to prepare students for the types of problems seen on the contest. (students are also welcome to participate without registering for this course).
The course is a 1-credit course using the Pass/No Pass grading option. Given the nature of the typical problems, participating students should generally have completed coursework through the level of CSCI 180 (Data Structures) or equivalent. The regular meeting time for the course will be decided at the organizational meeting.