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Dr. Harrington Judges World Programming Competition

Dr Andrew Harrington, World Finals Judge for Programming Competition in Harbin, China

Dr Andrew Harrington of the Loyola Computer Science Department was a World Finals Judge and problem creator for the 34th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest held in Harbin, China, February 5, 2010.

The Finals are the culmination of regional competitions starting with 22,000 of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines from over 1,931 universities from 82 countries on six continents. In the Finals, the top 103 teams competed for the World Championship.

The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. The contest pitted teams of three university students against eleven complex problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer, competitors raced against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance. For a well-versed computer science student, some of the problems required precision only. Others required a knowledge and understanding of advanced algorithms. Still others required totally original thinking, appropriate for the top collegiate programmers in the world.

Dr Harrington and the other judges created these problems, chose comprehensive test input unknown to the contestants, and required perfection in the students' results.

Dr Harrington also serves as a Chief Judge for the Mid-Central Regional Competition that sends teams to the Finals, and he has coached Loyola's teams in the regional competition since 1991.

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