Team of First-years from Faculty of Computer Science Make It to Finals at International Olympiad
The semi-finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) took place on December 7, and two teams from HSE received second place certificates. One of the teams was fastest at carrying out its task and made it to the finals, which will take place in Morocco in May 2015.
This team includes Aidar Sairanov, Yury Mokry, and Ivan Trofimov, all of whom are first-year bachelor's students. This is rare, the Director of the Student Olympiads Centre, Mikhail Gustokashin, said, adding that there were practically no first-years on teams from other universities.
This year, the northeastern European semi-finals took place at four locations – St. Petersburg, Barnaul, Tashkent, and Tbilisi – and saw the participation of 281 teams. The teams from HSE’s Faculty of Computer Science participated in the olympiad in St. Petersburg, where the semi-finals were organized at ITMO University.
The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, abbreviated as ACM ICPC, or simply ICPC, is meant for undergraduates and post-graduates in their first year of study. The contest was first carried out in the U.S. in 1977. Since 2000, Russian teams have participated in the ICPC eight times, and in 2014, graduates of the HSE Joint Department with Yandex won bronze at the World Final.
As part of the Moscow International Education Fair, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with students who won medals at the biggest programming competition in the world. This global contest recently reached its conclusion in Portugal, and the prize winners include HSE’s Faculty of Computer Science team.
On December 1st and 2nd, the semifinals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) for teams from the Northern Eurasia region were held. HSE teams from St. Petersburg (8th place) and the Moscow-based Faculty of Computer Science (13th place) received first class certificates. Furthermore, the teams will represent HSE at the finals, which will be held in Portugal next year.
In late October, students from the HSE School of Business Informatics organised the second Major League Hacking (MLH) hackathon hosted in Moscow. The participants of the event, which include students and alumni of Russian and foreign universities, developed IT solutions for Russian companies.
HSE University has maintained its leading position in the ranking compiled by the Russian Council for International Affairs. The ranking evaluated the websites of 65 Russian universities. HSE was awarded 104 points out of 108, increasing its position by 11 points on last year. HSE's closest rival ranked a further 17 points behind, which is a larger gap than previously.
Artur Davletshin, fourth-year student in Informatics and Computer Hardware and Software at MIEM HSE (supervisor Aleksandr Romanov, Associate Professor at the School of Computer Engineering) has won a scholarship for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Artur will attend the WWDC in San Jose, California, from June 4 – 8.
Major League Hacking (MLH) holds its events around the world, but this year is the first time MLH Local Hack Day is taking place in Russia thanks to the initiative of students from the Higher School of Economics. Participants of the hackathon developed IT solutions for some of Russia’s largest companies.
One of the teams successfully qualified for the world finals at the recent Northern Eurasia heat. The other will be attending the finals by special invitation.
A team from the HSE Faculty of Computer Science was one of the top-ranking teams in the semi-finals of a collegiate programming tournament held in St. Petersburg this year. HSE’s team will now compete in the finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, which is set to take place in the United States next May.
The HSE’s business incubator was recognized by the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF) as Incubator of the Year in the first youth internet entrepreneurship forum.