On September 18-19, 2015 The Arab Open University hosted the 7th Lebanese Collegiate Programming Competition (LCPC). Four teams from AUB participated in this national competition, two computer science teams coached by assistant professor Mohamad Jaber and two engineering teams coached by Mr. Naji Nahas.
The competition is the first phase of one of the oldest most prestigious programming contests in the world, the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). To qualify for the ICPC, students must be among the top winners in the national contest and the regional contest. The contest provides an excellent opportunity for students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems, IT, and IT related subjects to show their skills in critical thinking and programming and also to meet students from other institutions.
Each team was composed of three students that were challenged with 10 programing questions in which they had to solve using one computer within 5 hours.
This year, of the twenty-two teams participating, the AUB teams secured four of the top five spots. First place was awarded to a computer science team, Khawarizmi solving 8 out of 10 questions, composed of: Kinan Bab, Mohammad Adnan Utayim, and Mohammad Ali Baydoun. Second place was given to an engineering team, Hash Potatoes solving 7 out of 10 questions, composed of: Rayan Kanso, Mohamed Maarouf, and Ezzuddin AlKotob. The three following teams had solved 6 out of 10 questions, but their ranking was placed based on speed of completion. Third place was given to a team from the Lebanese American University (LAU). Fourth place was given to an engineering team, CyrilEmadHassan, composed of: Cyril Tamraz, Emad Yehya, and Hassan Dbouk. While fifth place was given to a computer science team, NPCompete, composed of: Issa Haddar, Ali Tawbeh, and Ephrem Bteich.
Associate professor and chairperson of the Computer Science Department, Wassim El Hajj, was very proud of the students saying: "This is a big achievement for the AUB teams in general, and for the Computer Science team who ranked first in specific. The results of this prestigious contest show the talents of AUB students in problem solving, algorithms, and programming. We wish our teams all the luck in the regional version of the contest." Congratulations to our students who displayed excellent programming and IT skills. All AUB teams will be travelling to Egypt next month to compete in the regional ICPC competition.
Official Scores and rankings can be found on: https://icpc.baylor.edu/regionals/finder/lcpc-2015/standingsDetails about the local ACM competition: http://www.aou.edu.lb/lcpc15/