6 April 2016
You could say it’s the computer programming equivalent of the Olympic Games - the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is the oldest, largest and most prestigious programming competition for university students in the world. And while they didn’t quite make it to the gold medal stage, a team from Monash University performed remarkably well.
Monash Pi, a team composed of three Monash students, Xin Wei Chow (Engineering), Ryan Hechenberger (IT) and Peter Whalan (Science), finished fifth in the South Pacific Regional Finals, a terrific achievement.
Held in Auckland in October 2015, the regional finals saw 12 of the best teams from around Australia and New Zealand challenged to solve a series of extremely difficult problems. Monash Pi managed to solve two problems, finishing just behind teams from University of New South Wales, University of Western Australia, University of Auckland and University of Waikato. This is only Monash University's second year in the contest, and an improvement on the eighth place finish from last year.
Monash Pi had advanced to the regional finals after winning the Western Division contest. In that first round, Ryan, Peter and Xin had the highest score out of 35 teams, which came from 9 universities in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.
Four other teams from Monash University also competed at the Western District level of the ACM ICPC, gaining valuable experience.