URI Programming Team Advancing to the Regional Finals!
The ACM ICPC is a tiered world-wide programming contest, and is considered the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming competition in the world. In 2017, ICPC participation included 49,935 of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines from 3,098 universities in 111 countries on 6 continents. A record 53,446 students and 5,411 coaches competed in ICPC and ICPC-assisted competitions in 2017, setting new records in participation.
Teams of three students represent their universities and compete in an effort to reach the world finals in Porto (Portugal) in April 2019. URI teams start their journey every Spring semester at the URI Programming Contest [https://homepage.cs.
This year 31 teams from 15 schools participated of the ACM Boston Preliminary. The top 7 schools from the preliminary round were invited to advance to NENA Regional this year: Harvard University, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island, UMass-Boston, Boston University, Brown University, MIT. These schools will be competing with other teams in the regional final round for advancing to the world finals.
Dr. Marco Alvarez of the Department of Computer Science and Statistics organizes the URI Programming contest and is serving as the coach of URI teams for the NENA region. According to him, the programming contest provides an invaluable experience. Students are challenged with problems often well beyond the level that one would expect from undergraduate education.