UO Eugene Luks Programming Competition

Each year the CIS Department sponsors a programming contest open to all UO students. The contest is a competition among teams to see which team can produce the most working programs to solve a set of problems. Teams are organized into two divisions: graduate division teams consist of two graduate students, and undergraduate division teams consist of three undergraduate students. The members of the winning teams from each year have their names inscribed on a plaque on display at the CIS Department as well as receiving gift certificates for the UO bookstore. The competition is a fun challenge of programming skills and teamwork, and can be good preparation for the UO teams for the ACM Programming Competition.

The contest is named to honor Professor Emeritus Eugene Luks, who organized the first contest and continued the tradition with annual contests. Professor Luks continues to contribute problems and participates in contest judging.

For the contest, teams are given several problems to solve within three hours. Solutions to the problems are programs that accept the input described in the problem statement and produce the output specified. The team that solves the most problems wins, with ties being decided by the time of submission of the team's working solutions, plus time penalties for incorrect submissions. Participants have the use of one computer workstation for each team.

Here are the contest rules.


The Twenty-First Annual UO Eugene Luks Programming Competition is scheduled to be held on April 29, 2017.

Please sign up soon. To do so contact either Chris Wilson or Anton Matschek. Be sure to let us know your email and t-shirt size, as well as that of your teammates'.


The Twentieth Annual UO Programming Competition was held on April 30, 2016.

There were 10 undergraduate teams and 1 graduate team competing in the 2016 contest. The same PC^2 software that is used for the ACM contests was used for submitting and scoring our contest - you can view the final contest rankings. The winners were:

  • Undergraduate Division
    • First Place: Rui Tu, Yueqi Zhu (team vacca)
    • Second Place: Jacob Bieker, Theodore LaGrow, Matthew Jagielski (team bacca)
  • Graduate Division
    • First Place: Raleigh Foster, Zach Schmidt (team mucca)

Organizers: Adriane Bolliger, Chris Wilson

Problem Contributors: Jim Allen, Gene Luks, Chris Wilson

Judges: Paul Bloch, Phil Colbert, Gene Luks, Chris Wilson

Systems Support: Paul Bloch, Lauradel Collins


Results from previous contests.


Problems and pictures from contests

2017 Problems    
2016 Problems   2016 Photos
2015 Problems   2015 Photos
2014 Problems   2014 Photos
2013 Problems   2013 Photos
2012 Problems   2012 Photos
2011 Problems   2011 Photos
2010 Problems   2010 Photos
2009 Problems   2009 Photos
2008 Problems   2008 Photos
2007 Problems   2007 Photos
2006 Problems   2006 Photos
2005 Problems   2005 Photos
2004 Problems   2004 Photos
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2002 Problems   2002 Photos
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1997 Problems