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CMUQ team wins computer contest [Peninsula, The (Qatar)]
[March 17, 2014]

CMUQ team wins computer contest [Peninsula, The (Qatar)]

(Peninsula, The (Qatar) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Doha: The Qatar University (QU) team, Invictus, won second place in the Qatar Collegiate Programming Contest 2014 (QCPC) held last week.

NB-Hard team from Carnegie Mellon University Qatar (CMUQ)emerged winners, with QU team CS-Men gaining third place.

The contest was organised by QU Computing Club for the first time and held under the supervision of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department in partnership with ictQatar Digital Incubation Centre (DIC).  The first three winning teams won a summer training programme offered by DIC and a cash prize provided by the Student Activities Department at QU.

The competition aimed at improving students' knowledge of computer science and programming and promoting friendly spirit of competition among them.

In the lead-up to the contest, a website ( built by computer science student Karim Fahmi was launched for registration, and a day of training sessions held for participating teams.  Twenty-eight teams from QU, CMUQ and College of North Atlantic participated and addressed 10 programming problems related to computer science.

 Over five hours, teams sent solutions with a source code using JAVA, C, or C++ programming languages to an automated management system called PC-square.

 Judges responded with instant feedback to the teams who continued to submit solutions until they were accepted by the judges.  The winning team was the one that solved the most problems in the shortest time.

CSE head Dr Sebti FouFou said: "This first event at QU and the college demonstrated our commitment to raise students' interest in computer science and engineering.  From students' enthusiasm, we are encouraged to think of making it an annual event".   He said there are plans to organise a similar contest at the regional level in which students from the GCC can participate.

The QU junior CS student and head of QCPC organising committee said:  "We made every effort to ensure the contest was a success.  With DIC as partner, we aimed at enhancing and enriching students' experience in the computing field." QU contestant Hosam Abdelwahab said: "This was a unique experience for me.  Problems were fair enough and related to my area of study as a computer science student. I gave my best effort and we dealt with problems as required and got a favourable score from the judges." CMUQ student Maher Hassan Khan also found problems to be fair and said:  "Our team was ready and answered many of them correctly.  I thank QU for organising the contest. Training sessions on the automated system, guidelines, and technical arrangements were well-prepared." The Peninsula (c) 2014 Dar Al Sharq Press, Printing & Distribution. All Rights Reserved. Provided by, an company

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