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YSU Hosts International Programming Contest

On the weekend of Oct 25-26 Youngstown State University (YSU), along with three other universities, hosted the celebrated International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) in East Central North America (ECNA) region. The ICPC is the largest annual multi-tiered competitive programming competition among the universities of the world. The East Central regional contest is open to all colleges and universities in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana (except the Greater Chicago area), western and central Pennsylvania and eastern Ontario.

Dr. Robert Kramer, Associate Professor of the Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) department, is the director of the ECNA regional contest. This year YSU site hosted 43 student teams from 16 universities in the ECNA region such as Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University. Two student teams from YSU also attended the contest.


The contest opening and warm-up practice were held in the CSIS department on the evening of October 25. On the next day, the teams competed in the real contest to solve competitive programming questions within the 5 hours provided.

Many students from the CSIS Department acted as the contest volunteers to support this intellectual competition. Besides the regional director Dr. Kramer, the following persons provided supporting services including Mr. Brian Nelson of YSU Information Technology Services, CSIS chairperson Dr. Coskun Bayrak and Administrative Assistant Ms. Connie Frisby. Mr. Robert Gilliland, Instructor, and Dr. Feng “George” Yu, Associate Professor, of CSIS were the two co-site directors at the YSU contest site. More information can be viewed at the ICPC ECNA website at

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