HSE Students Take Home Bronze at World Programming Contest
On July 25, the World Final of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), took place in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The HSE was represented at the competition by a team of graduates – Vyacheslav Alipov, Mikhail Kolupayev, and Alexander Kuprin – from the master's programme of HSE’s Joint Department with Yandex, which is part of the Faculty of Computer Science's School of Applied Mathematics and Information Science. The team took home the bronze medal, finishing in 10th place.
This year the International Collegiate Programming Contest, which is sponsored by IBM, took place at Ural Federal University. This is Russia’s second year in a row hosting the competition’s final.
The World Final saw the participation of 122 teams from all continents that made it through the regional semi-finals. More than 30,000 participated in the competition cycle from more than 2,300 universities from 91 countries.
Russia was represented at the competition by 12 teams. First and second place, as well as the gold medal, went to teams from St. Petersburg State University and the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Teams from the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University) and teams from the Higher School of Economics earned 9th and 10th place and bronze metals, beating out students from universities such as the New York University, Tsinghua University and MIT.
As part of the final, each team was to solve a set of 12 complex algorithmic problems in the course of five hours. The solution to each problem involved programming in a certain programming language, and a solution was valid only after going through all pre-prepared jury tests.
HSE’s student sport programming team is trained by the Deputy Head of the Joint Department with Yandex, Sergey Gaifullin.