UBC Computer Science students Xing Chen, Aram Ebtekar and Martin Lau competed in the 36th Annual World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) in Warsaw on May 17th and the team came in 34th. They solved 5 of the 11 problems in the 5 hour contest. Only three North American Universities: Stanford, Waterloo and Harvard, solved more problems than the UBC team.
The prestigious programming competition, headquartered at Baylor University and sponsored by IBM, gives teams 5 hours to solve between 8 and 11 programming problems. Restricted to a single computer and a tight timeframe, teams must submit solutions as programs in C, C++ or Java.
25,016 contestants from 2,219 universities from 85 countries on six continents took part in regional competitions last year, and only the very best teams have advanced to this prestigious World Finals.
UBC belongs to the the competition's Pacific Northwest region, along with universities and colleges from Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, northern and central California, western Nevada, and British Columbia. UBC, Stanford and Berkeley have been the dominant powers in this region, winning all but two of the regional competitions since 1994. UBC has advanced to the finals every year since 2004 except last year. This year two teams have advanced from this region--Stanford and UBC.
More information about the competition can be found at https://icpc.baylor.edu/
Members of the UBC team are:
Aram Ebtekar, contestant
Chen Xing, contestant
Martin Lau, contestant
Simon Suyadi, co-coach
Nasa Rouf, co-coach
Jonathan Shen, guest