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The 2022 Harker Programming Invitational was held on March 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 


Our annual contest challenges students with USACO-like problems, which can test students on algorithmic knowledge while also preparing them for the Stanford ProCo Contest ( Teams of up to 3 students compete in 2 rounds of contests (a regular and tiebreaker round) to score as many points as possible by solving a number of problems and submitting the answers online. Prizes are awarded! During the competition, the regular and tiebreaker rounds are 1.5 and 1 hour long, respectively. It consists of two divisions, Novice and Advanced. Problems of each division are similar to those of the Stanford ProCo Contest.

In addition to the competition itself, we host a keynote speaker and panel with leaders from industry and academia. This year, our theme was the intersection of CS
and space!

HPI 2022
The HPI 2022 problems and solutions have now been released!

8:00       -   9:30 AM Contest
9:45       -   10:45 AM Tiebreaker Round
11:15    -   12:00 PM Keynote Speaker
12:00    -    1:00 PM Lunch
1:00       -    2:00 PM Panel Session
2:15       -     2:45 PM Awards Ceremony

Contest Rules / FAQ

Please refer to our Contest Rules/FAQ page, which apply to both of our yearly contests!

Keynote Speaker
Dr. John L. Bresina

Dr. John L. Bresina is a Senior Research Computer Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, with over thirty years of NASA research and development experience in Artificial Intelligence, primarily in planning and scheduling.  His current focus is on mixed-initiative mission planning systems that work in cooperation with human planners.  In addition, Dr. Bresina has worked on several NASA missions as part of the Mission Operations Systems team and/or the Ground Data Systems team: the Mars Exploration Rover mission, the Mars Science Laboratory mission, the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission, and the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission.

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Dr. Darren McKnight

Dr. Darren McKnight is currently Senior Technical Fellow for LeoLabs, where he leads efforts to realize the value proposition for the growing global network of ground-based radars for space situational awareness, space safety, and space sustainability. He is an active member of the International Academy of Astronautics’ Space Debris Committee, currently focusing on developing technical solutions and encouraging global behavior that leads to sustained space operations assurance through limiting the risk of debris collision hazard to space systems in Earth orbit. He has coauthored five books ranging from space debris and spacecraft operations to soccer coaching and innovation. Darren has authored over 100 technical papers and presented them in 20 countries.

Dr. Jane Bae

Jane Bae is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech. She received her Ph.D. in Computational and Mathematical Engineering from Stanford University in 2018.  She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech and the Institute for Applied Computational Science at Harvard University before joining the Caltech faculty. Her main research focuses on computational fluid mechanics, in particular on modeling and control of wall-bounded turbulence.

Dr. Eugene Tu

Dr. Eugene L. Tu is the Center Director at NASA's Ames Research Center, where he leads a staff of civil servants and contractors in providing critical research and development support that makes NASA's and the nation’s aeronautics and space missions possible, including two of NASA's critical infrastructure assets: the consolidated arc jet testing complex and the Agency’s primary supercomputing facility. Dr. Tu earned both his master's degree and doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in 1990 and 1996, respectively. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Dr. Tu received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2000, the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive in 2009, and the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service in 2019.

Information about additional panelists is coming soon!

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