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Fall 2006 USC Programming Contest (09 September 2006)


The problems are available as a PDF document. The table below contains sample solutions programmed by participants during the contest, as well as the input data and correct solutions used by the judges.

ProblemC/C++ solutionJava solutionJudges' C solutionInputCorrect Output
A - Civil EngineeringMorgan BrownPrateek Tandoncivil.ccivil.incivil.out
B - Biomedical EngineeringDan BirkenDenis Tulskiybiomed.cbiomed.inbiomed.out
C - Electrical EngineeringCheng-Wei Linno solutionee.cee.inee.out
D - Aerospace & Mechanical EngineeringAndrew McNameeElliot Leeame.came.iname.out
E - Industrial & Systems EngineeringMichael RodgersKenny Danielise.cise.inise.out
F - Computer Scienceno solutionKenny Danielcsci.ccsci.incsci.out


There were a record 49 participants. Of those, 37 students solved at least one problem, 29 solved at least two problems, and 15 students at least 3 problems. The top performer, Daniel Birken, solved five problems. The top five participants were the following (You can also view the complete standings.)

RankNameProblems solvedcumulative time
1Daniel Birken (CSCI Senior)5756
2Kenny Daniel (CSCI First-Year PhD)4564
3Michael Rodgers (CECS Senior)3213
4Morgan Brown (CSCI Junior)3239
5/6Andrew McNamee (CECS Senior)3244
5/6Cheng-Wei Lin (CSCI Sophomore)3244

Computer and game console games for high placing participants were sponsored by Electronic Arts. Food and T-shirts for all participants were sponsored by Language Weaver.

We would also like to thank several volunteers who made this programming contest possible. UPE volunteers Hana Al-Harithi, Ross Boucher, Nakul Datar, David Firestone, Pamela Fox, Trevor Johns, and Kristin Parker organized sponsors, food, supervised the contest, helped with technical problems, supervised check-in, and took contest pictures. Vijay Panati and his student helpers set up all of the lab machines, and Vijay helped with a great many technical issues during the contest. Marcos Vieira and Marin Kobilarov developed sample solutions, and Marcos also helped as a contest judge.


Pictures of the contest are available for your viewing pleasure now.