Saturday, March 13, 2010

March Madness Algorithm Contest: Your Commissioner

Posted by Danny Tarlow
I am in a bit of scramble mode trying to get a paper submission out to ECCV by Wednesday, so I haven't had as much time as I'd like to devote to the March Madness algorithms contest. However, this is turning out to actually be a good thing: the great Lee-Ming Zen has volunteered to step in be the contest commissioner.

Lee and I were undergrads at Stanford together ('06), and we were in many of the same introductory computer science courses. I don't remember officially meeting until the summer after sophomore year, though, when we both took undergraduate research positions with the Stanford Logic Group. I was working on automatic grading of logic-based homework problems, and I believe Lee was working on logical spreadsheets. After that, we worked on several projects together, including a General Game Playing program and more recently the Open Red Balloon project. He was an announcer for Women's Basketball and Men's Baseball at Stanford, and he is also the force behind the in-progress NewSlant site. Also, in his spare time (ha), he holds down a job at Microsoft as an Applied Researcher Lead.

So it is with great pleasure that I tell you that Lee's capable hands will be taking the lead on organizing the contest. He has been working on the official rules, and he is also pulling more data for you to work with. Look for posts from him in the near future with the specifics.

And remember, get those algorithms running! We've already got one prize, but we're looking into getting more.

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