23.05.2016

Argentina is the New Latin American Champion of the Worldwide Programming Competition.

Three students of the National University of Rosario ranked first among the Latin American countries and on the position 32 in general. The event gathered 128 teams worldwide.

Argentina, nueva campeona latinoamericana de la Competencia Mundial de Programación

Crosetti, Zimmermann & Villagra

A few days ago, three students of the National University of Rosario (UNR) achieved the highest performance among the Latin American teams proving to be the Regional Champions in the Worldwide Programming Competition (ICPC) that took place on 15 thru 20 May at Phuket, Thailand.  The team so called by its members ‘Caloventor en Dos’ (‘Heater on two’), was formed by three Computer Science students from the Faculty of Exact Sciences, Engineering & Surveying: Mariano Crosetti (23 years old), Martín Villagra (21 years old), Pablo Zimmermann (26 years old) and coach Leopoldo Taravilse. The team stood out due to solving seven (7) of the thirteen (13) problems proposed in 17 hours and 12 minutes.

‘We won due to team work,’ Pablo Zimmermann asserted, one of the awarded students.

We won due to team work,’ Pablo Zimmermann asserted, at Bangkok, Thailand. ‘We were all the time well organized and helped each other a lot and this helped us to face errors rapidly,’ stated the student who prepared in detail together with his team members in order to overcome the pressure that was imposed by this type of competition. Zimmerman highlighted the support he obtained through his trainers and compared his experience to other competitors: ‘ In Europe and China people work on this since high school and we had to face teams with members that had been training for much longer time than we had. It was difficult but the Argentines are used to thinking things differently and this is what led us to mutual understanding.

The contest, organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and sponsored by the company IBM, gathered 128 worldwide teams for the final. The challenge of the competitors during the event was to write programs that proposed solutions to 13 problems that had to be solved on one computer per team. On this occasion Argentina participated together with Brazil, Peru, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and México and became the champion at a regional level, remaining on the position 32 in the general table of positions.

Over the last 18 years, the Argentine teams have classified at first positions of the South American Regional Competition. The regional classificatory competitions that were developed in 2015 around the world gathered 40.266 students of 2.736 universities of 102 countries. It should be noted that another Argentine team formed by members of the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (FCEyN-UBA) also participated in the competition and achieved in reaching the final.

ACM-ICPC is the most prestigious competition at an international level of programming and has the objective of promoting creativity, innovation and team working in order to develop new computer programs that allow students to test their skills while performing under pressure.

The Ministry of Science promotes Computer Science in order to be present in this type of education of the general culture of a country. To develop what is known as ‘Computing thinking’ contributes towards increasing the problem solving skills, logical thinking, abstract skills and simultaneously these technologies offer platforms to spread user creativity. Since 2007, the national teams that are finalists obtain support from the Ministry.

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