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Oct 20 2011

NYIT Students to Compete in Battle of the Brains Competition

Old Westbury, N.Y. (October 20, 2011) – 
Three NYIT students will engage in a battle of logic, strategy, and mental endurance without leaving their seats as they compete in the Battle of the Brains competition on Sunday, Oct. 30. 

The IBM-sponsored ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest challenges thousands of university students from around the world to use their programming skills to solve complex programs in five hours. Contest problems are modeled around real-world issues, such as developing programs to optimize air traffic pattern as well as ground traffic flow at an airport.

The NYIT team is led by Felix Fischman, adjunct professor in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. The three seniors studying electrical and computer engineering include Nicholas Maccharoli, Iskandar Askarov, and Robert Pinkerton.

Students will rank the difficulty of the problems, deduce the requirements, design test beds, and build software systems that solve the problems under the intense scrutiny of expert judges.

They will huddle around a computer at Adelphi University, facing teams from Columbia University, Yale University, Princeton University, Hofstra University, Stony Brook University, and more. One hundred successful teams will advance to the World Finals in Warsaw, Poland in May 2012. 

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