Ten HSE Teams Advance to Semifinal in World Programming Championship
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.
The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is the largest student programming competition in the world and has been held since the 1970s. Qualifying rounds are held annually in more than 100 countries of the world, and students from more than three thousand universities participate in them. The recent competitions that were held in Russia—the Moscow Programming Contest, the North-Western Russia Regional Contest, the Ural Regional Contest, and the Southern and Volga Russia Regional Contest—are essentially ICPC quarter final competitions.
98 teams representing various Moscow universities competed in the Moscow Programming Contest. Student teams had 5 hours to solve 11 algorithmic problems using one of the programming languages: C, C ++, Java, Python, or Kotlin.
In the end, a team of HSE students, Logarifmya4ka, placed first. The team members, Mikhail Anoprenko, Vladimir Romanov, and Ivan Safonov are students of HSE’s bachelor’s programme in ‘Applied Mathematics and Information Science’. ‘We have a strong team,’ says Vladimir Romanov. ‘We’ve all been programming since high school. We also practiced together a lot, which helped us work better as a team. When we were preparing, we did a lot of difficult tests.’
In addition to Logarifmya4ka, three other HSE teams advanced from the Moscow quarter-final.
A total of 120 university teams from northwest Russia participated in the quarter-final. HSE – St. Petersburg students Arseny Babushkin, Maxim Surkov and Konstantin Makhnev of the School of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science too second place. An additional team from HSE – St. Petersburg qualified for the semifinals as well.
At the Ural quarter-final, which was held in Ekaterinburg and drew more than 100 student teams, two HSE – Perm teams qualified for the semifinals. Of the two teams, the team of Alexey Kokovin, Maxim Suntsev, and Dmitry Ketov placed highest, taking 5th place.
Earlier this month, in the competition for the Volga Region and southern Russia, both teams from HSE – Nizhny Novgorod also advanced to the ICPC semifinals.
All ten HSE teams will now compete in the ICPC semifinal, the Northern Eurasia Programming Contest, which will be held in late November. The ICPC World Final will take place in June 2020 in Moscow, and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is the head of the organizing committee.
HSE students already have ample experience with competing in the ICPC finals – they have won bronze medals at the world championship two times.
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.
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.
HSE has teamed up with the University of California at San Diego (ranked 14th on the ARWU ranking, 41st on THE, and 59th on QS) to launch the new Data Structures and Algorithms specialization on Coursera. The specialization is taught completely in English and consists of five interrelated courses. Registration is open until March 7.
On October 18, 2015 for the first time ever, the Faculty of Computer Science at HSE will host the quarter-finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, ACM ICPC along with two other Moscow universities.