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February 2017

| VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica


“UTech, Jamaica to Me”

“I am not sure what I think about him, I have to see what he is doing first.

I have to see what kind of changes he can bring to this institution and

how he can support us financially in terms of school fee. I just want to

see the first step he makes and the changes. I like the environment and

the students here. They just make it comfortable and it allows me to build

rapport with other students.”

Dominic Groves, Year 1

School of Building and Land Management,

Faculty of The Built Environment

“I didn’t know that we had a new President so that is news to me. Being

a student at UTech, Jamaica, normally I wasn’t friendly. I came here and

met a few friends and got new experiences. So probably the experiences

and learning new stuff are what I like about being here.”

Davian Fairweather, Year 1

Caribbean School of Nursing,

College of Health Sciences

UTech, Ja. Students Dominate Caribbean Ranking at 4th

International 24-Hour IEEE Xtreme Programming Competition

University of Technology, Jamaica students from the School of Computing

and Information Technology (SCIT), Faculty of Engineering and Computing

emerged as the leading regional institution following their participation in the

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) 4


international IEEE

Xtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition held recently on October 22,

2016. UTech, Jamaica is currently ranked at 390 out of 2000 Universities

in the world standing for 2016, moving up 900 places from its previous

ranking in 2015. The global software development challenge which is

conducted entirely online attracts some of the brightest student minds in

computing and engineering worldwide. Programming challenges.

Computing solutions to real world problems

IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming Competition is a global challenge in

which teams of IEEE Student members—advised and proctored by an IEEE

member, and often supported by an IEEE Student Branch—compete in a 24-

hour time span against each other to solve a set of real world programming

problems. These span for example, programming used in data mining

for tasks ranging from classifying diverse chemical compounds, to text

processing and searching in large databases. Programming problems can

only be answered in any of the supported languages (C, C++, C#, Java,

Python, Ruby, Perl, and PHP).

Dr. Sean Thorpe

, Head, SCIT, explains that the students use and design

a set of well suited algorithms to formulate the solutions to assigned

problems. Students use a combination of different computer programming

languages as a part of these mentioned solutions. The criterion for winning

the competition is dependent on the quality of the computer programme

output generated by the software solution. This quality of programme

output is measured by: (i) run time execution of the programme output

and (ii) desired functionality of the programme output. Students from the

winning IEEE student branches worldwide get international ‘bragging rights’

and scholarships to attend highly reputable International IEEE conferences.

Registration for the IEEE Xtreme competition opens in August each year.

University IEEE Student Branches register student members in collegiate

teams of three to participate in the global challenge. Students and mentors

work assiduously from the registration period until the competition day. Last

year UTech, Jamaica fielded four teams consisting of three students each

which is in keeping with the IEEE competition rules.

Dr. Thorpe noted that “the UTech, Ja./FENC IEEE Computer Society Student

Branch is doing an extremely good job, through opportunities such as the

IEEE Xtreme software competition challenge, to provide the students with

an international platform to become world class software practitioners.” He

expressed pride that, “the University’s participation over the last three years

and at the 4th staging of the competition has significantly improved in the

world ranking and has now far outstripped our other local and regional

University competitors in the software challenge.”


School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) students and mentors who

participated in the 4th International 24-Hour Extreme Programming Competition.

From left (standing) Michael Asphall, Jermaine Coates, Mardon Bailey, Lomar

Lilly, Luke Chen Shui, Duran Thomas, Brandon Chung, Travis Allen and (seated

from left) Raffique Muir,Christopher Udeagha (Chair IEEE Jamaica Section and

Academic Proctor) and Agyei Masters.

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