MIT Team wins the ICPC world programming gold

April 12, 2008

MIT's team competes at the International Collegiate Programming Contest.  Photo / David Hill

In a process of pure wits--solving a semester's worth of real-world computer problems in five hours, this year's MIT team for the IBM sponsored Association for Computing Machinery, ACM, International Computer Programming Contest, ICPC, held in Alberta Canada, placed second overall, winning gold medal standing and first place in North America.

In its 32nd year, the ICPC, also known as the "Battle of the Brains" started with regional competitions in the fall, 2007, paring down from 6,100 teams representing 1,821 universities from 83 countries, to 90 teams for the finals held April 6-10.

As reported by EECS Professor and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Labortory, CSAIL, Martin Rinard, the MIT faculty coordinator for the effort, "Second is a good place for us - we have only finished this high once before during the time I have been coaching the team. We did well throughout the contest and were in first place for some of the time. We were also the only non-Russian team in the top five." (First place winner overall came from Russia's St. Petersburg University Mechanics and Optics of IT).

Team members included freshman Bohua Zhan, Andrew Lutomirski, graduate student in physics, and Xuancheng Shao, junior in EECS and mathematics. Student coaches included Jelani Nelson, graduate student in EECS/CSAIL (advisor EECS Professor Erik Demaine), Ivaylo Riskov, EECS senior, and Zoran Dzunic, EECS/CSAIL graduate student (advisor EECS Professor Regina Barzilay).

Congratulations to all involved!

For further coverage see:

  • IBM Student Portal, ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
  • ACM ICPC webite
  • MIT News Office, April 11, 2008 article, "MIT crowned regional champs in battle of brains."