Haobin Ni, a doctoral candidate in the Computer Science department, recently competed in the Code Kerfuffle coding competition hosted by Lucidchart. He was one of the top thirty-two performers from the online round, and subsequently traveled to Lucidchart headquarters in South Jordan, Salt Lake City, for further competition. After three hours of focused coding, where the contestants built bots that competed in bracket-style tournaments, Haobin prevailed over rivals and claimed first prize: $10,000.  

Haobin is currently coaching the Cornell ACM Programming competition team, and also co-teaching a seminar with Robbert Van Renesse“Competition Programming and Problem Solving” (CS 51999), where students learn about applied algorithms and techniques.