In February, students from one hundred three universities in eighty-eight countries took part in an international computer programming contest. It was called The Battle of the Brains. The competition took place in Harbin, China. Three-person teams from each school had five hours to solve eleven real world problems. Jerry Cain coached the team from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
He says the problems involved, among other things, paperweights, robots, castles and lakes. The students first listed the problems in order of difficulty. Then they figured out the requirements of each. They designed ways to test their solutions. And they wrote the needed software systems. The winning team was from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China.
But even that team was not able to solve all the problems within the given time limit. Stanford's team solved five problems and f
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