The University of Aizu Team Makes the ACM-ICPC World Finals

Team "Watch.c" advancinig to the World Finals

The team "Watch.c" is honored as the first team from the University of Aizu chosen to be one of teams advancing to the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals. The University of Aizu became the 6th university in Japan to compete in the contest, behind Kyoto University, Waseda University, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Saitama University.
"Watch.c" was ranked 19th out of 261 teams in the Japan domestic preliminary round held over the internet and proceeded to the Asia Regional Aizu On-Site Contest which was hosted by the University of Aizu. The team was placed 19th in order of total time taken to solve problems. 20 teams were able to solve the same number of problems. "Watch.c" finished 4th out of 35 teams at the Asia regional round. Among teams in Japan, only a team from the University of Tokyo, which won 1st place in this round, solved more problems than "Watch.c." A team from National Taiwan University finished 2nd, followed by a team from Fudan University, China.
Mr. Hirano and Mr. Tayama of the team advancing to the World Finals have pursued intense studies in computer programming since they were in high school and also participated in the All Japan High School Computing Contest "PC Koshien."

Name of the team qualifying for the World Finals: "Watch.c"
MembersMr. Yuki Hirano,
2nd-year, the School of Computer Science and Engineering
Mr. Takashi Tayama,
3rd-year, the School of Computer Science and Engineering
Mr. Nobuyuki Wachi,
3rd-year, the School of Computer Science and Engineering
CoachMr. Yutaka Watanobe,
Assistant Lecturer, the School of Computer Science and Engineering
Name of competition: ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (World Finals)
1. Date From Saturday, April 18 to Tuesday, April 21, 2009
2. LocationRoyal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
3. OutlineACM (Association for Computing Machinery, Established in 1947, Number of members: Approximately 80,000, Headquarters: New York, USA) has been operating the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) since 1977, which marks its 33rd competition this year. 100 teams out of 7,109 teams from over 1,838 universities in 88 countries qualifying through regional rounds will compete with their programming skills (accuracy and speed) in the final round held at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

[References]Please view articles related to ACM-ICPC at the following links.
* Regarding the Japan Domestic round
* Regarding the Asia Regional round