SCIT Participate in Acm Finals

December, 05, 2013
By: Corporate Communications Unit
Lecturers in the School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT), Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Ms. Karlene Black (3rd left) and Mr. Julian Jarrett (right) pose with students from left, Rohan Malcolm, Kimron Christie and David Gardner.

A three-member team from the School of Computing and Information Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Computing at UTech, qualified to participate in the 2013 Caribbean Finals of the Association of Computing Machinery Inter-Collegiate Programming Competition (ACM-ICPC) heldNovember 8-9, 2013. The team consisted of students Rohan Malcolm, Kimron Christie and David Gardener who are all in their final year of the Bachelor of Science course of study in computer science. The team placed 36th in the Caribbean out of 210 teams spanning 7 countries (Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the US Virgin Islands) and 42 institutions which participated in the competition. The finals included two sites, one in the Dominican Republic and the other in Cuba where the UTech team participated.

Regional Ranking Advanced!

Each team was tested based on their programming skills and their ability to solve mathematical problems as well as algorithms. The UTech team attempted 6 of the 10 mathematical and algorithms problems and managed to get one accepted, two correct with time inefficiencies. This resulted in the team advancing 3 points to their initial regional ranking of 39 after the national finals in Jamaica. The ACM-ICPC is an annual problem solving and programming competition among universities in the world which dates back as far as the 1970s. The nature of the competition holds strong roots in mathematics, heavy use of data structures and a wide range of algorithms and programming techniques. This international competition gives university students the opportunity to interact with other university students from different institutions in different countries and to sharpen and demonstrate their problem-solving, programming, and teamwork skills.

UTech and UCI to Collaborate

The University of Information Sciences (UCI) in Havana, Cuba, the regional hosts of the ACM-ICPC, has given the ACM-ICPC Jamaica their commitment to support UTech in the hosting of an inter-university programming competition in February 2014. The competition will serve as a means of fundraising for the local ACM-ICPC in Jamaica and for SCIT, as well as a marketing tool for ACM-ICPC to promote a spirit of competition between computer science students and to bring awareness of the ACM-ICPC. The support that will be given to the Jamaican ACM-ICPC by the UCI will be in the form of workshops, training materials, access and use of online training resources. A meeting was held with the UCI International relations office to discuss possible collaborations between UTech and UCI. Through a pending Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it was agreed that joint research, publications through the sharing of institutional facilities and computing resources, training and development of graduate and under graduate curricula in computer science, as well as exchanges and internships would be considered. UCI professors and researchers have also offered to deliver and act as advisors in scientific and technical topics related to computer and information science. Heartiest congratulations to the SCIT student team and lecturers on this signal achievement!