Sharif beats Harvard
March 10, 2001, Vancouver, Canada (IBM Canada) -- Students from Russia's
St. Petersburg University took top honors in the Association for Computing's
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest - a five-hour battle of
logic, programming skills and mental endurance sponsored by IBM.
The contestants on the winning team will walk away with an IBM ThinkPad
computers, software, scholarships, and bragging rights to the "world's
Canadian teams from the University of Waterloo, University of Alberta,
and the University of Toronto, finished among the elite in the 62-team
The University of Waterloo finished the competition in fourth place
and won a Gold medal, while The University of Alberta and University of
Toronto each won Bronze medals and tied for fourteenth place overall.
Teams were awarded medals based on the number of problems they solved
during the five hour competition.
This year's ACM World Finals competition, held in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada, marked the fourth of IBM's five-year sole sponsorship.
Rounding out this year's top ten teams in descending order are:
1. St. Petersburg State University - Russia
2. Virginia Tech - United States
3. St. Petersburg Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics - United States
4. University of Waterloo -- Canada
5. Albert Einstein University - Germany
6. Warsaw University -- Poland
7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - United States
8. Seoul National University -- Korea
9. Sharif University of Technology -- Iran
10. Harvard University - United States
More than 13,000 of the world's top computer science/engineering students
and faculty from 70 countries around the world competed from September
through December in preliminary and regional contests to secure a spot
at the World Finals.
Since IBM began sponsoring the contest, student participation in the
contest has grown from 1,090 teams in the 1996-97 season to more than 2,770
teams competing this year, an increase of more than 150 percent.
The contest has also expanded competition into new countries, including
Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul, Korea
Editor's Note: For more information on the ACM Programming Contest,
visit the contest Web sites at www.ibm.com/software/acm
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