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UWindsor School of Computer Science hosts the ECNA Regional ICPC Programming Competition

Published on: Mon, 11/19/2018
Last Modified: Mon, 11/19/2018 - 2:03pm

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The 2018 ICPC East Central North American (ECNA) regional programming contest was held over the weekend of November 9 & 10. This is a computer programming contest bringing together the elite from across universities and colleges throughout the region which includes: western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, eastern Ontario, and Indiana (excluding the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area). Windsor was the only host in Ontario welcoming 24 teams from 9 different universities: Brock, Fanshawe, McMaster, Ryerson, Toronto, Toronto at Scarborough, Waterloo, Windsor and York.

As this is a distributed contest happening simultaneously across 4 institutes, 134 teams competed in total attempting to solve 10 problems in 5 hours in any programming language from Java, C, C++ or Python.

The top four ECNA regional winners were from the University of Waterloo solving 9/10 and 8/10 problems, defeating teams from the University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Toronto.  

The School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor has been hosting this annual competition since 2010 under the leadership of Dr. Ziad Kobti as Site Director, this year joined by Dr. Saeed Samet, and the tremendous efforts of our expert technical and admin support staff, as well as the enthusiastic student volunteers.  Being the only host in Ontario for this event, the University of Windsor, particularly the School of Computer Science, sets itself as a premium institute for the study of Computer Science. The facilities and equipment and laboratory spaces of the School are state of the art to handle the hosting of all the teams, the School's technical and administrative staff are exceptional in student service, and the students in our CS programs are presented with unique opportunity to participate as volunteers or as contestants.

Again, congratulations to our Windsor teams for coming out and participating.  It is worth noting that some members of last year's Windsor teams have graduated and have been promptly recruited by Amazon Detroit and one has created her own company.  We look forward to seeing team members who remain participate next year and rise in the ranking.  This emphasizes the importance of this contest among other qualities of our Windsor Bachelor of Computer Science Honours program that possesses all the necessary components to provide opportunities for our students to rise to the top in their field.

Click here for standings and problems.

Slideshow available here.