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Team Advances to World Finals of Student Programming Contest

With a recent regional victory, a student team from Georgia Tech has qualified to compete for the 2020 global championship in one of the world’s most highly regarded programming contests.

Georgia Tech 5 (GT 5), a team of three College of Computing students, earned first place in the International Collegiate Programming Contest’s (ICPC) 2019 southeast regional qualifier held Nov. 9. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) sponsored the event, which took place at four onsite university locations.

ICPC is an annual algorithmic programming competition for university students around the world.

As regional winners, the team – computer science (CS) major Animesh Fatehpuria and Ph.D. students Li Chen and Yu Gao – automatically advances to the 2020 ICPC World Finals set for June 2020 in Moscow, Russia.

Before heading to Russia, GT 5 is competing in the inaugural ICPC North America Championship, which is being hosted in Atlanta by the College of Computing.

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They will join more than 50 top collegiate computing teams from the U.S. and Canada that will vie to be the first-ever ICPC North America Champions and compete to fill remaining slots in the upcoming World Finals. The event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center from Feb. 19 - 23.

Along with GT 5, two other Tech teams, GT 1 and GT 7, took top-10 spots in Division I of the southeast regional qualifier.

Team members for GT 1 are CS MS students Yufan Huang and Somnath Sarkar, and CS undergraduate Chris Jung. GT 7 team members include CS undergraduates Amaan MarfatiaShyamal Patel, and Arvind Ramaswami. A complete listing of 2019 ACM ICPC Southeast Regional competition results are available online.

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