UBC student teams finished first, second and tenth in the Pacific Northwest regional competition of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest on November 13.
Challenged with eleven real-world computer programming problems, students Anton Likhtarov (Computer Science), Patrick Nguyen (Computer Science) and Henry Wong (Electrical and Computer Engineering) solved all problems within the five-hour deadline, which won them first place.
They beat 75 teams from 35 universities including Stanford University and University of California at Berkeley. The other two Computer Science teams placed second and tenth. All three UBC teams are coached by graduate student Kaitlin Duck Sherwood and Prof. Alan Hu, both of the department of Computer Science. The top UBC team will head to the World Finals in Banff, Alberta, in April 2008.