U-M Team Advances to World Finals in ACM Student Programming Team Contest   Bookmark and Share


Kevin Compton, Dennis Matveyev, Mark Gordon, Zhongxia Zhou, and Frost Li


A University of Michigan programming team placed fourth in a field of 113 teams at the 2009 ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest (ECNA RPC) and will advance to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) World Finals competition. The team, the Victors, was one of three teams that entered the competition from U-M - Ann Arbor. The regional competition took place at CSE on October 31 and included teams from western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, eastern Ontario, and Indiana. Of the 7,000 teams from over 1800 universities in 88 countries that competed in regional competions, only 100 will advance to the finals.

Victors team members include Mark Gordon, Yu-Shuang (Frost) Li, and Zhongxia Zhou. Prof. Kevin Compton is the team coach, and Dennis Matveyev is the assistant coach. The Victors will compete next at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals, which will be held in Harbin, China, from February 1-6, 2010.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Victors' performance was that they were one of only four teams that were able to solve all eight of the problem sets in the competition. Results from the competition can be seen here.

The ECNA RPC draws student programming teams from colleges and universities throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, eastern Ontario, and Indiana to sharpen and demonstrate their problem-solving, programming, and teamwork skills. The contest provides a platform for ACM, industry, and academia to encourage and focus public attention on the next generation of computing professionals as they pursue excellence.

The ECNA RPC is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IBM.

Learn More:

Photos from the 2009 Programming Contest at U-M

U-M 2009 ACM ECNA RPC Site Website

ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest Website

ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) World Finals Website