NYU Bests All of North America in Global Computer Programming Contest

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June 26, 2014

A team of NYU computer science students topped all other North American schools at the World Finals of the ACM Intercollegiate Programming Contest, held this week in Russia.

The NYU team, composed of Bowen Yu, Fabian Gundlach, and Danilo Neves Ribeiro, beat out 20 other U.S. and Canadian schools, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, and Stanford University.

Coached by Brett Bernstein and Sean McIntyre, adjunct faculty in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Evan Korth, a Courant clinical professor, NYU finished 13th overall in a competition that featured 122 teams from around the world. Home teams St. Petersburg State University and Moscow State University captured first and second place, respectively.

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM, is the premiere global programming competition conducted by and for the world’s universities. The contest aims to foster creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. Volunteer coaches prepare their teams with training and instruction in algorithms, programming, and teamwork strategy.


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