Department of Computer Science

2009 ACM Regional Collegiate Programming Contest Successfully Held at Hofstra

On Sunday, October 18th, The annual ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) International Collegiate Programming Competition for the Greater New York Region was held at Hofstra University. The event took place in CV Starr Hall and Monroe Lecture Center. It involved over 200 contestants, coaches, organizers, and Hofstra student assistants. The competition was a resounding success. A team from Cornell University won the contest by solving all nine programming problems in two and half hours. A team from Columbia University took second place. These teams will compete in the International finals, to be held in Harbin, China early next year.

This competition was jointly sponsored by Hofstra University, the ACM and IBM Corp. Preparation for hosting the contest began at Hofstra last November, led by professors Chuck Liang and Xiang Fu with help from Dr. David Klein and many other individuals. The event required the support of the Department of Computer Science, the office of the Dean of HCLAS, the office of the Provost, Event Management, Academic Scheduling, University Card Services, Public Safety, Physical Plant, and several IT departments including Faculty Computing Services, Telecommunications, Information Security, and the IT Help Desk. We are grateful for their support of this event.

Students from an FYC cluster jointly taught by professors Gerda Kamberova and Chuck Liang also assisted as contest monitors during the event.

A sample programming problem the contestants had to solve can be found at

Some photographs from the contest can be found on the computer science department website at