The 32nd ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), also known as the Battle of the Brains, challenges students to solve real-world computer programming problems under a grueling, five-hour deadline. The contest pits teams of three university students against eight or more complex, real-world problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Huddled around a single computer, competitors race against the clock in a battle of logic, strategy and mental endurance. The team that solves the most problems in the fewest attempts in the least cumulative time is declared the winner.
Out of forty teams at the site participating at the UNL site, Pavel Kazatsker, Michael Seibert, and Kirk Sykora from the Department of Computer Science were declared the winners! This winning team will likely be able to participate in the world finals in April 2008 which will take place in Alberta, Canada. This team was also placed third among more than 200 teams participated in this year's contest.
Four of the teams from ISU earned a place amongst the top ten. The other participating teams were: Zhasdauren Duisebekov, Meirbek Safiyanov, Tyson Williams; Jonathan Sheller, Remy Younes, Jacob Wittenauer; Chris Coudron, Eric Florenzano, Tony Hauber; and Zach Davis, Chris Salvo, Chris Reeve.