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Josemari Feliciano, David Huang, Tera Lim, Matt Perreault, Alexander Vega, Japneet Kaur, Eric Kannampuzha and Anthony Guardado took top honors!
Top Computer Science students from around the state gave up part of their long, President's Day weekend for a once a year competition to gather at the California State University Los Angeles campus for a grueling 5-hour programming competition. This year, Cerritos College won first place.
CIS Professor Dean Mellas asked eight of his graduating class students, listed above to carefully consider the challenge, as that would mean additional time in preparation for them, most of whom also had transfer-level class obligations in difficult Math, Physics and Chemistry courses.
Although 18 community colleges registered for the event, only 12 teams made it to competition day. Each team was given 10 problems to solve; the problems were so difficult that only 11 correct solutions were produced from among all the competitors that day - 4 of them from the Cerritos College teams.Teams were awarded for correct solutions, but penalized for incorrect submissions. From among all the competitors, 42 rejections were scored, weighing heavily against the teams that submitted them.
Imagine you are typing an email to someone, and out of habit you hit the space bar after the last period. That would be invisible to most anyone, and of no practical significance... to anyone but competition judges, that is. Since the reasons for their rejections aren't returned to the competitors, they might painstakingly rework all of the logic to their complex algorithms, wondering what went wrong, and never realizing they were penalized for an output artifact. But computer systems can see what humans usually cannot, and problems as simple as these have led to commerce-halting outages, loss of communications with spacecraft, and other headline-making stories; so, our students got a taste of the harsh real-world conditions that await them outside the halls of academia.
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