BYU-Hawaii Claims Pro­gram­ming Ti­tle

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A team of three BYUHawaii stu­dents put their heads to­gether Nov. 2 and won the an­nual Hawaii ACM In­ter­na­tional Col­le­giate Pro­gram­ming Con­test.

Host­ing 14 three-per­son teams on the North Shore cam­pus, this year was a break­through for the col­lege, thanks to se­niors Pe­ni­ette Seru from Fiji, Thomas Lowry from the Cook Is­lands and Meilan Jin from China.

The five-hour com­pe­ti­tion chal­lenged stu­dents from Hawaii Pa­cific Univer­sity, UH-Hilo and BYUH to solve a packet of 13 story prob­lems typ­i­cally deal­ing with math, ge­om­e­try or graph the­ory. They are ranked by how many prob­lems they solve, and the Seru- Low­ery- Jin team solved five of them.

“We re­ally worked well to­gether as a team,” said Jin. “I had a lot of fun dur­ing this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.”

But it was more than fun to their teacher, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of com­puter and in­for­ma­tion sciences Ge­of­frey Draper. He’s al­ready look­ing ahead to next year. The team placed 24th out of 117 teams in the Pa­cific North­west re­gion. If they make No. 1 next year, Draper said, they go to the world fi­nals in Rus­sia.

He pointed out that com­puter pow­ers Stan­ford and UC Berke­ley are among the re­gion’s top teams. “For BYU-Hawaii to rank 24th out of 117 teams — many of which in­cluded grad­u­ate stu­dents — is a won­der­ful achieve­ment,” he de­clared.

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