April 09, 2008 21:39 ET
Students From St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics Win 32nd Annual Global "Battle of the Brains" Software Programming Contest, Sponsored by IBM
BANFF, AB and ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - April 9, 2008) - Students from St. Petersburg
University of IT, Mechanics and Optics in Russia are this year's world
champions in the 32nd annual Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming
Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM
Also known as "The
Battle of the Brains," the competition in Banff, Alberta, Canada
challenged students to solve a semester's worth of computer programming
problems -- modeled on real-world business challenges -- in just five
hours. The first place team brings home IBM prizes, scholarships, and
bragging rights to the "world's smartest" trophy.
Each team of three students was faced with solving 11
computer programming problems. St. Petersburg University of IT,
Mechanics and Optics solved eight. Students were challenged to develop
software code to determine the length of a city skyline, map the size and
capacity of a new building design, and provide support for an embedded
neural network for cell phones. More than 6,700 teams representing 1,821
universities from 83 countries competed in the fall
Regionals competition this year, compared to 840 teams who competed in
1997 when IBM first sponsored.
"The emergence of the global economy is creating a highly skilled,
interconnected workforce that spans time zones and cultures," said Doug
Heintzman, Director of Strategy, Lotus Software, IBM Software Group, and
ICPC Sponsorship Executive. "The ACM International Collegiate Programming
Contest provides university students from all corners of the world with the
opportunity to grow their critical thinking, problem solving and
collaboration skills, helping them prepare to become the next-generation of
global leaders. We're proud to give such talented and creative students a
forum to come together in the spirit of competition to showcase their
programming and problem-solving acumen -- skills which employers demand."
He added, "I'd like to thank this year's host school, University of
Alberta, for their hard work in helping support IBM and ICPC to put
together another memorable World Finals."
While in Banff, students also had the opportunity to experience many of the
emerging technologies they hope will play a role in their careers --
whether it is designing an instant translation device to enable people of
different languages to overcome language barriers; helping commuters get to
work faster through burgeoning mass transit systems; or protecting
consumers from theft.
"These superstars will extend society's ability to address challenges,
strengthen and improve the world of tomorrow," said Dr. Bill Poucher, ICPC
Executive Director and Baylor University Professor. "They are team players
who will make a difference by enhancing the avenues we use to interact with
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States of America,
Izhevsk State Technical University in Russia and Lviv National University
in Ukraine finished the competition in second, third, and fourth places,
respectively, and all won Gold medals. Regional champions included:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (North America Region); St.
Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics (Europe Region);
University of Cape Town (Africa and the Middle East Region); Universidad de
Buenos Aires (Latin America Region); Tsinghua University (Asia Region); and
University of Auckland (South Pacific Region).
This year's top twelve teams that received medals are:
-- St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics (GOLD, WORLD
-- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (GOLD, 2nd Place)
-- Izhevsk State Technical University (GOLD, 3rd Place)
-- Lviv National University (GOLD, 4th Place)
-- Moscow State University (SILVER, 5th Place)
-- Tsinghua University, (SILVER, 6th Place)
-- Stanford University, (SILVER, 7th Place)
-- University of Zagreb, (SILVER, 8th Place)
-- University of Waterloo, (BRONZE, 9th Place)
-- Petrozavodsk State University, (BRONZE, 10th Place)
-- St. Petersburg University, (BRONZE, 11th Place)
-- Belarusian State University, (BRONZE, 12th Place)
The teams were awarded medals based on the number of problems they solved
in the shortest amount of time during the competition.
ACM-ICPC is a global event that seeks to identify, develop and connect a
new generation of information technology talent. For more information on
the ACM-ICPC, including downloadable photographs, and the complete World
Finals roster and final standings, visit the contest Web site at
http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/Finals. The 2009 World Finals, sponsored by
IBM, will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, and will be hosted by KTH - The Royal Institute of Technology.
For additional information or to listen to IBM's podcast series for
students and coaches, visit www.ibm.com/university/acmcontest/. RSS feeds
are also available.
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