Friday, 27 November 2009

UP tops international programming tilt

Manila Bulletin

Proving that Filipinos are one of the most talented IT talents in the world, a team from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP) topped the regional leg of an international computer programming contest held recently in the country.

UP captured first-place honors at the 2009 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Asia-Manila Regional Competition held at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City with tech giant IBM as event sponsor.

According to a media statement issued by the regional contest director, Dr. Rafael Saldaña of Ateneo de Manila University, team “Mga SOGO ni E.T.” solved 10 out of 10 problems to emerge as champion.

The UP team is composed of computer science students Kevin Charles Atienza and Marte Raphael Soliza, and computer engineering student John Eddie Ayson. Their coach is Eric Tambasacan.

First runner-up is team “Passion” from Ho Chi Minh City University of Science, in Vietnam. Members of the team were Pham Tuan Vu, rinh Tran Dang Khoa, and Le Do Hoan Nam. Their coach was Dang Nguyen Tien.

The second runner-up is team “NUSSOC1” from the National University of Singapore. Team members are Victor Loh Bo Huai, Adhiraj Somani, and Doon Hanh Hung. Their coach is Steven Halim.

ACM stands for Association for Computing Machineries, one of the most prestigious IT organizations in the world. Each year, ACM holds the ICPC participated by thousands of teams from hundreds of universities worldwide. From selected regional sites in six continents, winning teams advance to the world finals, which will be held on Feb. 1 to 6, 2010 in Harbin, China.

The ACM ICPC is a team competition consisting of three collegiate students and a coach. Each team is given a set of programming tasks (from 8 to 10 problems) to be solved in 5 hours using a standard computer and programming languages such as C, C++, and Java.

Fifty five teams from four countries and 23 schools participated in the ACM ICPC Manila regional on October 22-23, 2009 at the Ateneo de Manila campus.

This was the first time that a team from the Philippines has won an ACM ICPC Asia Regional competition and the third time that Philippine Team advanced to an ACM ICPC world finals.

Also, this was the third time that Ateneo de Manila University hosted an ACM Asia Regional Competition.

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) traces its roots to a competition held at Texas A&M in 1970 hosted by the Alpha Chapter of the UPE Computer Science Honor Society. The idea quickly gained popularity within the United States and Canada as an innovative initiative to assist in the development of top students in the emerging computer science.

The contest evolved into a multi-tier competition with the first finals held at the ACM Computer Science Conference in 1977. Headquartered at Baylor University since the 1980s, the contest has expanded into a global network of universities hosting regional competitions

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