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Russian, Chinese, Japanese Universities Take Top Spots in ACM ICPC Programming Contest

ACM President Vint Cerf Cites Importance of Computing Skills in the Global Economy

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NEW YORK – 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.

This international competition is organized by ACM, a society of more than 100,000 computing educators, researchers, professionals, and students worldwide.  Financial and systems support for ACM-ICPC is provided by IBM.  Earlier rounds of the competition included nearly 30,000 contestants representing more than 2,300 universities from 91 countries.  The top four teams won gold medals as well as employment or internship offers from IBM. Full results are available here.

ACM President Vint Cerf said ICPC highlighted the role of computer coding in driving innovation around the globe.  "These young computing students represent the best of the world’s programmers.  They have acquired critical skills that can solve problems across multiple disciplines.  They also reflect the creativity embodied in computing and its potential to drive innovation on a global scale."

Cerf also pointed to the opportunities for computer science students in the burgeoning technology field. "Computing skills such as analytical thinking and coding are in demand not just in technology companies but in banking, health care, biotechnology, communications, and entertainment. All these fields depend on the knowledge and skills that the discipline of computer science can offer," he said.

The four Russian Federation universities also include St. Petersburg State University, Moscow State University, and Perm State University, finishing fifth, 10th, and 13th, respectively.  The Chinese winners included Tsinghua University in 12th place.  Ukraine’s Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University took seventh place with the Belarusian State University in eighth place, both garnering silver medals.  The Polish universities included the University of Warsaw in sixth place, and Jagiellonian University in Krakow in ninth place.

Gold medals were awarded to the top four finishers, with silver medals going to the fifth through eighth place winners, and bronze medals to the ninth through the 13th place winners.

In addition to North America, other regional winners were Egypt’s Arab Academy for Science and Technology for Africa and the Middle East; Brazil’s Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronautica for Latin America; and Australia’s University of New South Wales for the South Pacific.
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