Computer Science undergrads take first and second place in IDT Programming Competition

Publish Date: 05/24/2012

(pictured, left to right, Thom Garrett (IDT), Ian Davies (VT), and Bernie Gauf (IDT))

Two pairs of computer science students took first and second place in the Innovative Defense Technologies' (IDT) Collegiate Programming Contest. 

From the IDT press release:

"On May 19, 2012, Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT), a Software Development company based in Arlington, VA, specializing in Automated Software Testing applications, held its annual Collegiate Programming Contest. Several teams representing various Universities participated in the event. The event finals were held at the Virginia Tech Research Center, in Arlington, VA. Here the top three teams presented their solution to the contest problem.   First place honors went to a team from Virginia Tech (Ian Davies and Eeshan Shah), 2nd place team was also from Virginia Tech (Karthik Kumar and Mark Nachazel), and 3rd place was awarded to the team from  William & Mary (James Rountree and Gregory Smith).  

The purpose of this type of event is “To promote interest in automated software testing in the areas of computer science, engineering, mathematics, problem solving, teamwork, and innovative technology at the college level.” – Thom Garrett, IDT Contest Chair

The focus of the competition is centered on innovative and creative methods of implementing Automated Software Testing.  Solutions are judged on aspects of the software development lifecycle including:

  • Requirements Traceability
  • Design Architecture / Documentation / Delivery
  • Programming / Performance / Elegance / etc
  • Tools selection
  • Accuracy
  • Presentation (only the top 3 teams are selected for presentations)

IDT opens the competition via web site with description of problem and guidelines. Teams work remotely over a period of time (about 30 days), then submit their solution.   IDT then holds a presentation day for students to present and demonstrate their solution. 

IDT also holds an annual High School Programming contest open to schools in the greater Washington DC/VA/MD area. 

To find out more about IDT or the Programming Contests, please visit the contest web site or send inquires to:"