HSE Team Makes it to Finals of World Collegiate Programming Competition
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 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC) has taken place each year since 1970. Starting as a North American competition, ACM ICPC quickly grew into a global tournament with qualifying rounds seeing the participation of over 40,000 students from more than 2,700 universities in upwards of 100 countries. The Association for Computing Machinery organises the event, and IBM has been the sponsor for 20 years already.
The format of the competition is very rigid with each three-person team being given a problem set that must be solved within five hours using just a single computer. A jury then evaluates the proposed solutions, and the team gets a penalty for each mistake.
HSE participated in the semi-finals for universities from Russia, Belarus, the Baltics, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia. Nearly 200 teams came to St. Petersburg on December 3-4 to compete, including five teams from HSE. At the competition, teams were presented with 13 problems, and in order to make it to the finals, each team had to solve at least five tasks while maintaining a small time penalty.
All five teams from HSE received certificates in the semi-finals, and one HSE team, made up of Andrey Kashin, Roman Aleksandrov, and Nikita Zemilov, made it into the finals of the world championship. The finals will take place in the United States in May 2017.
‘It’s especially nice to see students from five different HSE programmes take part this year,’ comments the Director of the Faculty of Computer Science’s Centre for Student Competitions, Mikhail Gustokashin. ‘All of our teams placed at the competitions, and students have gotten internships and job offers from Olympiad sponsors and top IT companies. To prep for the competition, we hold a university-wide elective that any HSE student can participate in if they are confident in their programming skills.’
It is important to note that this is not the first time HSE’s programmers have competed successfully. In 2014, a team of alumni from the Faculty of Computer Science won the bronze medal in the ACM-ICPC finals.
In December, the Northern Eurasia Regional Contests (NERC)—the semifinal of the ICPC international programming contest—took place. This year’s competition featured around 300 teams comprising 900 participants from Russia and other CIS countries. The contest took place simultaneously in St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Astana, and Kutaisi. The majority of teams—a total of 152—took part in the competition at St Petersburg’s MTS Live Hall venue.
The final of the True Tech Champ Programming Olympiad from MTS took place at the end of October. Twelve students emerged as victors from the competition, including two second-year master’s students from the HSE Faculty of Computer Science, Ivan Safonov and Maxim Gorokhovsky.
On February 5, the finals and award ceremony of the VK Cup ‘22/23 IT championship took place. The competition comprised two qualifying stages and one final stage. There were more than 5,000 applications for the qualifying stages, with a total of 80 participants making it to the finals.
Two teams from the HSE University Faculty of Computer Science (FCS) in Moscow have taken first and second place in the semi-finals of the 2022 International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). The last time a single university took both first and second place was in 1997. Almost 250 teams took part in the event, five of which were from HSE University in Moscow. A team from HSE University in St Petersburg took fourth place. The winning team was awarded the winner’s trophy of the ICPC semi-finals, while the HSE University teams that placed second and fourth won gold medals.
Students of the St. Petersburg School of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science Vasily Alferov, Konstantin Makhnev and Maxim Surkov, have won the online round of the ICPC semi-final - student world programming championship. A team from the Faculty of Computer Science of HSE University in Moscow is also in the top three. In addition, three more teams from HSE Moscow and St. Petersburg made it through to the next round.
Students of HSE Faculty of Computer Science Win the Quarter Finals of the World Programming Championship
Third-year students of the Bachelor’s Programme in Applied Mathematics and Information Science Ivan Safonov, Ramazan Rakhmatullin, and Maxim Gorokhovsky won the Moscow Regional Contest—the first qualifying round of the international student world programming championship ICPC 2020/2021. In total, 45 HSE University took part, with 30 of them receiving certificates of various degrees.
Students from both HSE Moscow and HSE St. Petersburg have made it to the finals of the ICPC-2020 World Programming Championship. They were among the best teams at the semi-finals stage of the championship, which took place last weekend in St. Petersburg.
Students from all four HSE campuses have qualified for the semifinal of the ICPC Student Programming World Championship. The quarter-final stages of the tournament were held in the second half of October in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Saratov.
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.