Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Battle of the Brains" Coming To TTU

IBM calls it the "Battle of the Brains." Tennessee Tech University hosts a regional round of the the 34th annual Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest in Cookeville on Saturday. The decisive regional round includes nearly 70 computer science students from TTU along with 10 other regional colleges and universities. Martha Kosa, associate professor of computer science, coaches the TTU team. Battle of the Brains works this way: Teams of three students are challenged to use their programming skills and mental endurance to solve real-world problems. The deadlines are so grueling and the problems so complex that tackling them equals completing a semester’s worth of computer programming in an afternoon. TTU will host competitors from Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Maryville College, Middle Tennessee State University, Tuskeegee University, University of North Alabama, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Sewanee: The University of the South and Vanderbilt University. The team that solves the most problems correctly in the least amount of time wins a coveted spot on the World Finals roster.