July 9, 2013: Russian, Chinese, and Japanese Universities Take Top Spots in ACM ICPC Programming Contest
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Four Russian Federation universities were among the among the top medal winners in the 2013 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), which concluded last week. For the second year in a row, first place went to St. Petersburg National Research University of IT, Mechanics and Optics. Shanghai Jiao Tong University came in second, followed by the University of Tokyo in third. The medal winners also included two Chinese universities and two Polish universities, as well as higher institutions from Taiwan, Ukraine, and Belarus. The top U.S. university was Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon, which finished in 11th place, winning a bronze medal and taking the North American Regional title. The competition pits teams of three university students against nine complex, real-world problems and a demanding five-hour deadline. The event, which ran from June 30 to July 4, showcased the analytical and coding skills of the contenders from 120 teams competing in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The competition has been run by ACM since the mid-1970s as the world's premiere programming contest. Financial and systems support for ACM-ICPC is provided by IBM.