November 16, 2011
Students Take on IEEE Xtreme Programming Competition
UCSB electrical and computer engineering students brave the 24-hour IEEEXtreme 5.0 Global Programming Competition
IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE student members – supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE Member – compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. Recognizing some of the world's top up-and-coming programmers, about 1,500 student teams compete for top spots in the global competition, and among U.S. regions and statewide sections.
"We rent a conference room and students gather to code for 24 hours," said Rotem Raviv, one of the UCSB IEEE student branch vice-chairs. "People bring sleeping bags and blankets, and we provide food and snacks. It's a friendly competition, but we try to out-do each other."
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The competition sets programming problems of various degrees of difficulty for the participants to master. "IEEE gives us access to a server and they post problems to solve. They're usually in themes, such as organizing airport flight plans. Problems are released over time, but you have the entire 24 hours to solve them," commented Raviv.
Among the 7 teams that entered from UCSB, the top team placed second in the Western United States and 50th in the World-wide results. Four of the teams scored in the top 6 of the Western Region out of 51 teams.
At UCSB, the IEEE student branch is dedicated to creating an environment where students can develop and apply their technical and social skills through group projects and informational meetings. There are approximately 25 members on the UCSB campus. The club participates in several annual competitions and they host weekly projects that focus on electronics and robotics programming. Learn more about the UCSB IEEE student branch at ucsbieee.org.