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HSE University Teams Win Gold and Three Bronzes in ICPC Semifinals

HSE University Teams Win Gold and Three Bronzes in ICPC Semifinals

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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 teams were tasked with solving 12 algorithmic problems of varying degrees of difficulty within five hours. Teams received a small reward for each task they managed to solve before their competitors.

An outline of the tasks is available here.

Six teams of students from the Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics and Information Science of the HSE University Faculty of Computer Science took part in NERC. The teams were selected based on the results of the quarter finals.

Team Youthful Passion Fruit
© HSE University

In the end, the HSE University team Youthful Passion Fruit took second place in the competition, winning a gold medal and a first-degree diploma. The team members were Aleksandr Nekrasov, Alexey Vasilyev, and Yuri Pustovalov.

Alexey Vasilyev, first-year student of the Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics and Information Science

‘We’ve trained a lot for team contests, so everything went to plan in the semi-final and we made hardly any mistakes. This allowed us to finish in a good place.’

Yuri Pustovalov, third-year student of the Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics and Information Science

‘For me, making it to the final of ICPC has been my main goal for about three years, and I am very happy that I managed to achieve it. Our team trained a lot, discussed important aspects of cooperation, and worked on our mistakes. As a result, we had almost no problems in the semi-final itself, and we achieved a well-deserved and good result.’

Alexandr Nekrasov, third-year student of the Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics and Information Science

‘Winning a gold medal in the ICPC semi-final is an incredible achievement for us. Every stage of the contest was a valuable experience, which we will build upon when preparing for the final. Our team is firmly set on continuing our training, striving to improve our skills and effective teamwork. We are ready for a challenge and are confident that our joint efforts will lead to even more spectacular results in the ICPC final.’

Team Muffix Sassif—Vsevolod Lepeshov, Ilian Andrianov, and Artem Shulyatev—took 9th place and received a bronze medal.

Team Drunk Driving in Moscow—Igor Markelov, Ibragim Mamilov, and Konstantin Frolov—took 10th place and a bronze medal.

Team am nyam—Nikita Lazarev, Fedor Romashov, Vladislava Sinitsyna—took 11th place and a bronze medal.

Team tmp—Alesya Ivanova, Sergey Pankevich, and Artem Agafonov—solved seven problems, taking 29th place and a second-degree diploma.

Based on the results of the semi-final, 12 teams from various universities in the Northern Eurasia region have gone through to the final round. Team Youthful Passion Fruit will represent HSE University at the 48th ICPC final, which will take place in September 2024 in Astana.

Congratulations to the HSE students for their excellent results. May they enjoy continued success!

A full list of the competition results is available here.

The semi-final was organised by ITMO University.

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