PSU Programmers Enter International Contest Finals

Do people in science love sports and competitions? How programmers make money? Are they capable of international acclaim? Let’s take a closer look at what our folks from the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics do!

A team from the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, PSU will take part in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Championship Finals. The leading PSU team called Bagels consists of 3 students – Alexander Tsaplin, Dmitry Sidorenko and Dmitry Buzmakov.

In 2019, the Bagels took 17th place in the World Championship semifinals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the competition was postponed. The organizers are now planning to host the finals in October 2021.

At the competitions, the students are required to write a program code to solve complex algorithmic problems and hone teamwork skills within limited resources and time: a computer and a set of tasks that need to be solved in 5 hours.

“Programming contests help students gain the skill to write programs quickly and efficiently. The more of them take part in the competition, the more qualified graduates come out of the University. Our team is among the Top 10 Russian universities participating in the finals, which obviously means our the students receive a decent level of educational training,”

says Andrey Kuznetsov, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, PSU.

More than 130 teams will take part in the competition. 10 Russian universities, including Moscow State University (MSU), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), St. Petersburg State University, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Novosibirsk State University (NSU), Innopolis University will take part in the finals.

“The Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, PSU has been participating in the qualifying rounds of the World Programming Championship for many years, and we always strive to get to the finals. Now that we are actively training our team, raising a competitive spirit for the autumn tournament,”

comments Mikhail Lizunov, coach of the Bagels team.

The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is an annual multi-tiered competitive programming competition among the universities of the world. Headquartered at Baylor University, the ICPC operates autonomous regional contests covering six continents culminating in a global World Finals every year.

The ICPC provides gifted students with opportunities to interact, demonstrate, and improve their teamwork, programming, and problem-solving prowess. It serves as a global platform for academia, industry, and community to assist the next generation of computing professionals.

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