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Program On! Viterbi School CS Students Post Strong Showing in ACM Contest

Team sponsors include Language Weaver, Google, Northrop Grumman, Electronic Arts, Zero G Games and Lockheed Martin
eric mankin
December 01, 2008 —

David Kempe, head coach and organizer of the USC Viterbi School's participation in the annual Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest, took four teams to the regional competition in Riverside, CA.

Kempe said the contest attracted a tough field with 71 excellent teams from Southern California and Nevada. But Viterbi School

(Left to right) Front row, USC Trojans team: David Lin, Aadarsh Patel, Liang Zheng;  Back row, Coaches: Marcos Vieira, David Kempe, Sven Koenig, Kai Song.
students did well:

  • Team USC Trojans (Cheng-Wei Lin '09, Aadarsh Patel '10, Liang  Zheng PhD): Eighth place overall, solving five problems;
  • Team USC Gold (Ryan Brown '10, Darryl DeWeese '10, Denis Tulskiy '10): 12th place overall, solving four problems;
  • Team USC Cardinal (Akshat Gupta MS, Artjoms Kovalovs '10, Noel Overkamp '10) Eighth place overall, solving three problems;
  • Team USC Tirebiters (Xue Cai PhD, David Hodge '11, Lawrence Tan MS) 31st place overall, solving two problems.

"These are excellent results on the part of the students. We beat a lot of very strong teams," said Kempe.  "Trojans had a chance to do even better, but (reasonably) gambled in the end to try for two more problems to win the contest, rather than one more to come in fourth."

Kempe continued: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow coaches, who put in a great amount of work into preparing the teams and accompanying them to the regional contest. They were Professor Sven Koenig and PhD students Kai Song and Marcos Vieira."

Kempe said the team is in a rebuilding mode "...since two of our coaches from the past have recently graduated or left."

"I would also like to thank UPE for their continuous help in organizing the contest, and our sponsors Language Weaver, Google, Northrop Grumman, Electronic Arts, Zero G Games, and Lockheed Martin."

More information about the competition can be found at http://www.socalcontest.org/current/index.shtml

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is a multi-tier, team-based, programming competition operating under the auspices of ACM and headquartered at Baylor University. The contest involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines.  The competition includes teams at almost 2,000 universities in over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure.