TXST Computer Science Competes for the First Time at ICPC
On November 10th, Texas State University’s Computer Science Department competed for the first time at the 2018 South Central International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). The ICPC is an intense event that judges the knowledge of 3-person teams in areas such as search algorithms, network flow, spanning trees, text processing, and graph analysis.
In the South Central ICPC, 71 teams competed in three states. They were given 11 problems of widely varying complexity with the goal of analyzing and solving as many as possible in five hours. Scoring was based on the number of problems solved and the amount of time used to solve each problem.
Texas State University was represented by three teams. The Code Monsters (Mauricio Cerda, Zach Stence, Chance Stovall) placed in the top half of the contest. The Nodes (Jose Garcia, Jordan Matthews, Brian Chamblee) and The Kings of Coding (Isaac Van Til, Alan Turner, Kentessa Goldstein) were not far behind. It was an impressive showing for first-timers.
Greg Lakomski, Texas State University faculty member and coach for the ICPC teams, said, “I am very proud of the students that competed. They put in many hours starting over the past summer and have been a real pleasure to work with. Competitive coding teaches leadership, dedication, self-study, and teamwork that is hard to teach any other way. It is awesome to watch these skills unfold on the day of competition.”
Texas State University plans to continue expanding and refining their Computer Science program. They hope to host – and win – the ICPC regional in the future. Congratulations to the hardworking Computer Science students who represented Texas State!
Deadline: May 31, 2019, midnight