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Laurier in Top 20 at the Regional ACM Programming Contest

Nov 16/07


Dr. Eugene Zima
Physics & Computer Science
(519) 884-0710 x2796

They read in a set of Roman numeral values and output their sum as a Roman numeral.  They found integer numbers whose spellings didn't use the letter "e".  They decoded messages. But they couldn't open the circular combination locks within the five hour limit.

Jeff Armstrong, Joe Bruggeman, Olav Jordan, Kyrylo Stepanchuk,  and Dr. Eugene Zima (coach) represented Laurier at the 2007 ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest on November 10 2007.  The team placed 17th out of 116 teams improving their 30th place finish from last year.  Their company in the top 20 included computing powerhouses such as Carnegie Mellon and Waterloo and top universities such as Purdue, Toronto, Notre Dame, and Penn State.

The team received a honourable mention prize for placing 5th out of 27 Canadian teams. (For those looking at the standings table, one of the Waterloo teams who placed ahead in the standings was not eligible and, although they appear in the standings, they are not included in the rankings.) 

ACM is the world's oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society. Since 1947 the society has provided a vital forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and discoveries. Today, ACM serves a membership of computing professionals and students in more than 100 countries in all areas of industry, academia, and government.

The 2007 ACM Regional Programming Contest was held on Saturday November 10, 2007.  Sixty-seven colleges and universities throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, eastern Ontario, and Indiana (excluding Chicago) sent 116 team for a grueling 5 hour programming contest held simultaneously at three US sites and one Canadian site. For final standings and problem sets, please visit:

The ACM programming team practices twice a week and participates at local programming contests every term.  The Department of Physics & Computer Science would like to send more teams to future regional programming contests so that junior members can gain some critical team event experience.

Those interested in joining training activities for future contests can contact Dr. Eugene Zima at or ext. 2796.

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