Professor Gupta and UTD AIS proudly present: HackReason 2021!

This is a UTD exclusive hackathon that is sponsored by Professor Gopal Gupta's lab, and challenges participants to develop applications that rely on simulating human-style common sense reasoning using the s(CASP) system developed at UT Dallas. The only skill you need to participate is proficiency in programming!

The competition will run for 24 hours, starting from 12 PM January 14th to 12 PM January 15th. Teams will then have 2 hours to record a presentation, and submit a project from 12 PM to 2 PM on January 15th.

The opening ceremony will be taking place on Microsoft Teams at 12 PM January 14th, and will feature a talk from Dr. Kowalksi, Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Fellow at Imperial College London. 

Join the opening ceremony here.

Team sizes are limited to a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 4. If you wish to be in a team but don't have one yet, don't worry! We will be providing resources for networking opportunities on the HackReason Discord server.

Fun facts:

The first HackReason (originally called AR-Hack) was organized in 2016 in a similar manner, and sponsored by Prof. Gopal Gupta. You can see the projects here.

The competition will also be mirrored at King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain. 

Challenge statement:

Develop an AI system that simulates human-style reasoning (i.e., commonsense reasoning) to realie an intelligent application using the s(CASP) automated reasoning system.

Examples of intelligent system inlcude: 

(i): Recommendation system, say, for a restaurant based on your knowledge about user preferences, cuisines, budget, etc,
(ii): A disease treatment system, that takes into account patient symptoms, lab measurements, and medical guidelines to automatically produce a treatment recommendation.
(iii): Degree audit system, for a given major at UT Dallas based on rules laid down in the catalog. 
(iv): Automating an FAQ to answer questions about a specific area at a call center.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,600 in prizes

1st place


2nd place (2)


3rd prize


Honorable mentions (2)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


HackReason 2021 is only open to undergraduates, graduates and young professionals attending The University of Texas at Dallas. Outside students can be considered only via invitation, and will not be eligible for prizes.


All submissions must include:

1. A DevPost submission of their project, including a description of the application, as well as their team name and team members.

1. A 5 minute long demo video explaining the details of the project. Teams may use Powerpoint slides to help in their presentation.

2. A link to the complete code on GitHub.




Dr. Doug DeGroot

Dr. Doug DeGroot
The University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Richard Min

Dr. Richard Min
The University of Texas at Dallas

Prof. Gordon Les Arnold

Prof. Gordon Les Arnold
The University of Texas at Dallas

Judging Criteria

  • Originality and novelty
  • Potential utility and impact of the application
  • Level of intelligence simulated by the application

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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