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Computer scientists from the University of Wrocław with a silver medal in the world programming championships!

Anadi Agrawal, Jarosław Kwiecień and Adam Zyzik, UWr students are one of the best programming teams in the world and the best in Europe. During the competition in Moscow, they won several medals and prizes, beating teams from the most prestigious universities.

Students from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Wrocław became silver medallists at the Academic World Championships in Team Programming and European champions. The team composed of Anadi Agrawal, Jarosław Kwiecień and Adam Zyzik took 5th place, winning a silver medal (four first places are gold medals, places 5-8 are silver medals and 9-12 are bronze medals). Our team was also the best from Europe, winning the title of the continent champion. The tutors of the team were Paweł Gawrychowski, Bartłomiej Dudek and Krzysztof Loryś.

The 44th Finals of the Academic World Cthe 44th Annual World Finals of the International Student Programming Championship (ACM iCPC) took place on 1-6 October 2021 in Moscow. The competition, postponed from 2020, involved 119 top teams representing leading universities from all inhabited continents.

– The competition has been taking place for over 50 years – says Prof. Krzysztof Loryś – Initially, it was limited to American universities but gradually it expanded and now it has the status of a world championship. This is the most prestigious IT competition.

Adam Zyzik talks about the course of the championship: – Teams of three people solve algorithmic problems. In a huge hall about 120 teams at a time do programming for 5 hours. The team that solves the most tasks wins.

Three Polish universities teams competed: Kraków (Jagiellonian), Warsaw and Wrocław. The advance to the finals, preceded by multi-stage eliminations, is a great success. Teams from the University of Wrocław have been taking part in the finals since 2005. The coach of our current team is a participant of those finals, dr Paweł Gawrychowski.

– Among the universities that take good places at such competitions are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Oxford, Tokyo, Kyoto, i.e. all the leading universities in the world. For at least 20 years, Polish teams have participated in these finals and have achieved high scores. The role of the coach is to help organise the preparations, construct the team and provide substantive support.

Jarosław Kwiecień reveals how our silver dream team works: – First Anadi reviews all the tasks and distributes them among the team members. Then everyone deals with their own tasks. Sometimes we need help from another team member or a mistake occurs – and then we start working together. When we do the most difficult tasks, we all work on them together.

The success of our programmers is another proof that the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Wrocław, which recently celebrated its quarter-century of existence, is among the world’s leaders.

– This is a great joy and prestige for our university and our lecturers, who put a lot of heart into preparing us for this competition. – says Jarosław Kwiecień

Published by: Maria Kozan

15 Oct 2021

last modification: 20 Oct 2021