Global challenge awaits computing team

Teams were given one of 11 different coloured balloons for each problem they managed to solve

An NUS team has qualified for the ACM ICPC World Finals after coming in third at the 2015 ACM ICPC Asia Singapore Regional Contest.

Second runner-up Team RRwatameda will join winner Team Opportunity from Korea University and first runner-up Team bcw0x1bd2 from National Taiwan University in Thailand in May 2016 to compete with the best teams from around the globe in the quest to be World Champion.

The participants had to analyse and design solutions to 11 complex problems of varying difficulty in under five hours using programming language tools Java and C/C++. Teams were ranked according to the most problems solved, followed by the least time taken. The multi-tier competition aims to foster creativity, teamwork and innovation under pressure.

Team RRwatameda managed to solve nine of 11 problems. Meanwhile, Team HalimArmyPlatoon1, also from NUS, trailed not far behind, solving eight problems and clinching the Best Team not in Top 3 position.

“The NUS teams put up a very good performance, with Team RRwatameda even matching the number of problems solved by the winning team,” said Contest Director Dr Steven Halim from NUS Computing.

The annual contest, hosted for the second time by NUS Computing, was held from 9 to 11 December. A total of 57 teams from 31 universities in Asia, including 13 teams from NUS, participated in the contest.

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Team RRwatameda comprising NUS Computer Science students (from left) Nguyen Tan Sy Nguyen, Nguyen Thanh Trung and Nguyen Hung Tam have clinched a spot in the ACM ICPC World Finals