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Dr. Harrington to Judge World Programming Competition

Dr. Andrew Harrington of Loyola's Computer Science Department was selected to judge the finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest held in Stockholm, Sweden on April 21, 2009.

Dr. Andrew Harrington of the Loyola Computer Science Department is one of a dozen judges writing and judging the problems to determine the top collegiate programmers in the world in Stockholm, Sweden on April 21. The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest had 7452 three-person teams competing in regional competitions. The culmination of the competition is the Finals in Stockholm with the top 100 teams from 6 continents competing for the 2009 world title. See http://cm2prod.baylor.edu

Dr. Harrington has been a coach for Loyola since 1990 and a chief judge in the Mid-Central USA region since 1998. He has generally been responsible for creating the hardest problems for the regional competition. This year his work will also be helping to determine the world champions.

Each competition is a grueling event with three students working with one computer for five hours straight to precisely solve eight or more challenging problems. They compete on speed and accuracy. Judges try to create problems that can be stated very clearly in a single page, and can be coded in a few pages. For the finals they try to make some problems totally unlike anything the contestants have ever seen before, to challenge the best collegiate programmers in the world.

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