The Computer Science Student Association Programming Contest has begun!

Votey Checkers
Teams will be responsible for constructing a software agent to play the game
of Votey Checkers.  The rules of the game are described at the URL below.
After all submissions are in, the CSSA will host a tournament and declare a
winner.  The student team with the best agent will be awarded $200.
Non-student teams are welcome to participate as well, but are not eligible to
win the cash prize.

Please visit the following URL for the complete problem description:

You'll have up to and including 11:59 pm Monday, February 16 to complete and
submit an entry.  The rules of the contest are appended below.  Please send
any questions to [log in to unmask]  Don't forget, you need to register before
the contest ends in order to be entered into the tournament.  Registration and
submissions should be sent to [log in to unmask]

Please sumbit a README file with all entries.  The README should specify the
name of your program (as invoked on the command line).  Optionally,
submissions may include a Makefile.  We will build all entries via "make all".
Programs will be built and run as the cssa EM user on tyr.

Any updates to these guidelines will be announced on the CSSA mailing list and
the contest web page only.

Professor Snapp has done an excellent job in designing the problem.  His
support in making this contest a reality is deeply appreciated by the officers
of the CSSA.  We hope you enjoy this event.

Thank you,
David Van Horn


Computer Science Student Association
Programming Contest
Feb 14 - 16, 2004

The CSSA is glad to announce our first programming contest in a hopefully
annual series.  The contest is open to all UVM affiliates and a cash prize is
available for student teams.



   The problem will be announced at the following URL, the CSSA mailing
   list, and the EM mailing list at Noon on Saturday, February 14th.


   Solutions to the problem will be to create a game playing agent for a novel
   two-player game with perfect information (i.e., a game without dice or
   concealed information). The programs will play each other in a tournament.

   A referee program will conduct the tournament selecting two teams to play
   each other.  The referee will toss a coin to select the agent which must
   decide to receive the initial state or pass to the other agent.

   The number of states will be finite, and will be representable by an
   integer vector of fixed dimension. The referee will maintain the state and
   will pass it to each agent before each move.


   Send files to <[log in to unmask]>.

   Submissions can be made any number of times up to and including 11:59 pm on
   Monday, February 16.  If multiple submissions are made, only the last will
   be considered.


   Any time before the end of the submission period a team MUST register in
   order to participate in the contest.  If a team submits multiple
   registration emails, only the latest will be considered.

   Send an email to [log in to unmask] with the following information:

      Team Name
      Competing for Prize?  -- See requirements below.
      For each member:
         Primary affiliation
         Email address

Requisites of participation

   Teams may be composed of any number of members.  Any UVM affiliate can be a
   member of a team.  Registration must be completed.

Requisites of winning

   In order to be eligible to win the contest prize, all members of the
   team must have a primary affiliation of student and no officer of the
   CSSA may win.  The team must meet the requirements of participation above.

   The eligible teams will play in a tournament and the winner will be awarded
   the prize.

Evaluation of programs

  Your program must run on the EM host tyr.  There is no restriction on the
  language used to solve the problem, but programs must adhere to a naming
  convention and command line interface that will be specified in the problem


   $200 Check

   The prize will be distributed evenly among all members listed on the
   winning team's submission form.

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