Hopkins Team Heads to Collegiate Computer Competition in
A team of three Johns Hopkins undergraduates will
represent the university this week in Prague, Czech
Republic, in the international finals of a competition for
collegiate computer programmers.
The Hopkins group will be among 25 North American
teams and 73 overall taking part in the Association for
Computing Machinery Collegiate Programming Contest. Each
team will be given seven to nine complex programming
challenges to complete in less than five hours. The Hopkins
team earned a place in the world finals after emerging as
one of four winners in the mid-Atlantic regional
During the competition, sponsored by IBM, the three
team members must share one computer and pool their skills
to write computer programs that will solve difficult
mathematical and logical problems. The team that solves the
most problems in the fewest attempts in the least
cumulative time is declared the winner.
"It will be a very tough competition," said Christian
Scheideler, an assistant professor of
computer science who
serves as the Hopkins students' coach. "Some of the teams
are incredibly well prepared. They send their teams to camp
to practice for this event."
The three members of the Hopkins team are Jim Plotts,
22, a senior from Belmar, N.J., majoring in computer
science; Shiroman Prakash, 20, a junior from Harford
County, Md., majoring in
physics; and John Rittenhouse, 21, a junior from Peters
Township, just outside Pittsburgh, Pa., double-majoring in
engineering and computer science.
— Phil Sneiderman
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