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K-State Today

October 28, 2015

Engineering graduate students place in top 2 percent at international programming competition

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Haotian Wu and Xin Li, electrical and computer engineering doctoral students in the Kansas State University College of Engineering, finished 26th internationally out of 2,059 teams in the Oct. 24 IEEEExtreme international programming competition. The pair, a part of the department's Network Science and Engineering, or NetSE, group, were also the third-highest-ranked U.S. team in the competition.

IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, student members — advised and proctored by institute members — compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. Advisers for Wu and Li were Caterina Scoglio and Don Gruenbacher, both professors of electrical and computer engineering, with Scoglio also serving as proctor.

"This is an impressive showing," said Gruenbacher, also department head for electrical and computer engineering. "We are quite proud of the team's accomplishments."

The Network Science and Engineering group at K-State conducts fundamental research in cutting-edge network theory problems, as well as developing solutions to state-of-the-art, real-world problems in the fields of computer networks and infectious diseases modeling. General areas of interest include network theory, complex networks modeling and analysis, and computer network design and optimization.

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