Latvian programmer team earns a shared 18th place in contest between the world's 112 best teams


The University of Latvia team representing Latvia at the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC) which took place May 14 – May 18 at University of Warsaw in Poland, took a  shared 18th place by solving 5 problems in 5 hours.

The International Collegiate Programming Contest took place for the 36th time, Latvia at the final was represented for the first time. This year the University of Latvia student programming team “unusual”,  Eduards Kaļiņičenko, Jevgēnijs Vihrovs and Normunds Vilciņš, in the final competition between 112 teams earned a shared 18th place.

At the final, the most represented was the United States of America – with 18 teams, China – with 16 teams and Russia – with 12 teams. The champion title was won by Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics by solving 9 out of 12 possible problems.

“The result of our team is outstanding, if we judge by the human and material resources available in Latvia. In other countries  reaching good results in this kind of contests has been raised to a state level, because they have found a correlation between good achievements, inflow of investments to the IT branch and its development. Between teams of the universities of European Union, our team was succeeded only by the team of University of Warsaw, which earned the 2nd place in the contest. Together with the University of Latvia team, the 18th place in the contest is shared by two more Polish teams (Jagiellonian University in Krakow and University of Wroclaw), the remaining teams from other European Union universities have ranked lower. From USA which was represented at the contest with the largest number of teams, only two (Harvard University and Stanford University) have higher places than us, and three of them are sharing their place with us (Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University). The Bronze medal winners have solved only one more problem than our team!” says of the contest LU team's coach, Faculty of Computing professor Guntis Arnicāns.

The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC) is the oldest and the most prestigious contest of academical programming in the world in which the participants are students. 25 016 students, more than 8 500 teams, representing 2 219 universities from 85 countries participated in different level regional contests. 112 best teams got to the final contest.

The University of Latvia student programming team was prepared for the contest by University of Latvia, Faculty of Computing professor Guntis Arnicāns, PhD student Rihards Opmanis and SIA "Progmeistars" senior lecturer Sergejs Meļņiks.

The team is supported by: A/S „Exigen Services Latvia”, SIA „Datakom” and Roberts Blumbergs, honorary consul of Latvia in the state of Illinois, USA.

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Jeļena Poļakova