From left-to-right: David Dickey, Simon Young, Eric Davis, Hammond Bailey

Programming Warriors Battle at Armstrong

Armstrong was one of three universities in the region hosting the 2010 Southeast USA Regional of the IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest in November.

The most prestigious computer programming competition of its kind, the ACM contest involves tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six continents during its regional rounds through December 2010. The top 100 teams will advance to take coveted spots at the world finals—the ultimate “Battle of the Brains”—from February 27 through March 4, 2011 at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Armstrong fielded four teams and hosted 22 others from Bob Jones University, Clemson University, College of Charleston, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Morehouse College, The Citadel, Winthrop University and Wofford College.

The contest involved teams of up to three students solving a semester's worth of computer programming in five hours, a grueling test of programming skills and mental endurance.

Armstrong's "Caffeinated Decoders" finished 23, while a second team, "Armskrong", ranked 29 in the field of 75 teams that competed simultaneously at Armstrong, Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and the University of West Florida in Pensacola.

“Hosting this prestigious international computing programming contest allows our students to put into practice their algorithmic thinking and to exercise, in an a very competitive fashion the concepts that they learn in the classroom,” said Ashraf Saad, site coordinator for the event and associate professor of computer science in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.

This is the third consecutive year that Armstrong hosts the regional competition.

“The event also brings international exposure and recognition to Armstrong and our department,” said Saad. “In hosting the contest, we provide a service to the Association of Computing Machinery, a body that counts all of our faculty as members.”

Armstrong's teams included:
"Caffeinated Coders"
Cheng, Frank
Winfrey, Joshua
Young, Simon

Davis, Eric
Robinson, Jeffrey
Willett, Kevin

Dickey, David
Phillmon, Larry

"Dijkstra's Disciples"
Bailey, Hammond
Maxon, Brian

More information on the contest is available at