Turing-Tape Games Competition

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth, we* are running the Turing-Tape Games competition.

Example of games

The competition is about solving solitaire-like games played on a Turing tape (a one-dimensional tape divided into squares as used in Turing machines). We think the games are very appropriate to celebrating Turing’s legacy because they combine mathematics (polynomial arithmetic) with algorithmics (finding the most effective way to solve the games).

The competition has a number of rounds. Round 0 (familiarisation) began on April 1. It will be followed by 5 practice rounds which continue until July. During the practice rounds we will be publishing top scores so that participants can compare their solutions with those obtained by others. The final begins at the end of August and lasts for 3 weeks. It’s possible to join in the competition at any time.

There are 4 categories of participant: pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate and other. The games are challenging to solve but are feasible for all categories. The current (round 0) top-scorer is an undergraduate from Ningbo.

Students registered at a UK educational institution are eligible to compete for cash and other prizes. All competitors (whether or not a UK student) will be entitled to a discount of 20 per cent on the purchase price of the book Algorithmic Problem Solving by Roland Backhouse, courtesy of the publishers John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The final begins on 26th August, 2012 and ends on 16th September, 2012. Winners will be announced on 30th September, 2012.

Click here to learn more about the Turing-Tape Games competition.

* Roland Backhouse, Wei Chen, João F. Ferreira and Alexandra Mendes

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