ECM Faculty Focus
The Faculty is delighted to offer our congratulations to Peter Alexander, Alexander Mathews and Evgeni Sergeev, three Computer Science and Software Engineering students, recently who won the South Pacific ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) International Collegiate Programming Competition, beating out over 75 teams from all over Australia and New Zealand.
This was a fantastic team performance, as for the first time, UWA students triumphed in this competition and they will represent the South Pacific Region next year in the world finals in China.
The Faculty also wishes to thank Dr Luigi Barone and Dr Tim French, co-coaches of the Australian winning team, who contributed to the magnificent success of our students. Dr Luigi Barone not only supported the winner's team but also took responsibility for organising the event in Perth and his effort is greatly appreciated.
The 2009 ACM South Pacific Programming Contest, sponsored by IBM, was held on Saturday 12th September at 9 sites across Australia and New Zealand. 76 teams competed for the opportunity to represent their country in Harbin, China next year.
The ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition is a highly prestigious worldwide undergraduate-level programming competition that is held every year attracting over 7000 teams from more than 1800 universities in almost 90 countries across the globe.
In the competition, teams of three share one computer, and are given 5 hours to solve a number of programming-related problems. Solutions are submitted in the form of computer programs, typically written in C, C++ or Java.
"Having played a minor part in this competition and having observed the events, I want to re-iterate how much effort Luigi and Tim have put in as organisers and as coaches, and to emphasise how much all of the students involved enjoyed themselves and appreciated Luigi's, Tim's, and the School's support. I have no doubt that hosting and winning this event is a significant boost to our reputation." - said Associate Professor Lyndon While, a judge at this year's event.
Magdalena Matuszczyk / [email protected] / 6488 4277