From 12–14 October, the quarter-finals of ACM ICPC (Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest) were held in Saratov. At this stage of the contest the number of teams from the southern regions of Russia totalled 73, Voronezh State University was represented by 6 teams which showed quite good results.
The team consisting of Sergey Babkin (the captain), a master's degree student of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Mikhail Zemlyanukhin, a student of the Faculty of Computer Sciences, and Yuliya Tretyakova, a master's degree student of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, was awarded the Diploma of the Second Degree and entered the finals which will take place in Saint-Petersburg in December.
"This contest is the most popular and prestigious world-class competition. The goals were carefully elaborated: they were formulated with the utmost clarity so that there was no possibility of their double interpretation; their quality was so high that to know just a number of algorithms was not enough; they checked the ability to think outside the box. I started doing collegiate programming at the ninth grade at school, and since then I have been actively participating in different competitions," said Sergey Babkin.
The other VSU representatives, namely the team including Valeriy Kharitonov (the captain), a student of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Aleksandr Nogikh, a student of the Faculty of Computer Sciences, and Ilya Kuznetsov, a student of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, the team consisting of Sergey Minaev (the captain), Anna Skobaneva, and Nikolay Perunov, master's degree students of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, and the team including Aleksandr Kolesov (the captain), Yana Polyuk, and Evgeniy Morozov, the students of the Faculty of Computer Sciences, were awarded the Diplomas of the Third Degree.
ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) is a world championship in collegiate programming which is held annually under the aegis of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and which is the most prestigious team competition among the programmers' elite. The contest has been held since 1977 in the ACM format, in comparison with other competitions it offers a greater number of complex tasks which must be done in a relatively short time period.