Students of St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics Crowned World Champions of the IBM-sponsored ‘Battle of the Brains’
Award Ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall Where the Nobel Prizes Are Presented
Referred to as “The Battle of the Brains,” the ACM ICPC World Finals challenged the world’s top 100 university teams to use open standard technology in designing software that solve real-world problems. Each team of three students faced 11 problems of varying levels of difficulty, all modeled after real-world issues such as creating a schedule for an airport to safely land planes that allows for changing weather and other surprises and optimizing rush-hour traffic over collections of roads.
The teams were awarded medals based on the number of problems they solved correctly in the shortest amount of time. St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics solved nine of the problems. The World Champions will return home with IBM prizes, scholarships and the “world’s smartest” trophy.
“The complexity of global problems requires special skills and creativity,” said
At the ACM ICPC, a world technology showcase also brought students hands-on experiences with emerging technologies, which will help generate new ideas and build careers.
“Serious problems call for great minds and solutions demand a can-do spirit,” said Dr.
Tsinghua University in
The regional champions are
This year’s top twelve teams that received medals are:
- St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics, (GOLD, WORLD CHAMPION)
- Tsinghua University, (GOLD, 2nd Place)
- St. Petersburg State University, (GOLD, 3rd Place)
- Saratov State University, (GOLD, 4th Place)
University of Oxford, (SILVER, 5th Place)
ZhejiangUniversity, (SILVER, 6th Place)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (SILVER, 7th Place)
- Altai State Technical University, (SILVER, 8th Place)
- University of
Warsaw, (BRONZE, 9th Place)
University of Waterloo, (BRONZE, 10th Place)
- I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, (BRONZE, 11th Place)
Carnegie Mellon University, (BRONZE, 12th Place)
The 100 teams in the World Finals in
The 2010 World Finals, sponsored by IBM, will take place in
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