DCU Computing teams compete on European Stage

NWERC 2017 Contestants
NWERC 2017 University Teams

On Sunday 26th November, two DCU computing undergraduate teams competed in the Northwestern Europe Regional Contest (NWERC) at University of Bath in the UK as part of the World ACM ICPC competition. Together with Irish undergraduate teams from Trinity, Maynooth and Queens they competed against university teams from 60 different institutions from 10 different countries in North West Europe.

The DCU team of ‘-= [B]ichael [B] [B]iggins =-’ won the ‘Irish’ title at the competition and placed an impressive 11th out of 42 UK and Irish teams, including teams from Cambridge and Oxford. The team consisted of Noah Donnelly (CPSSD3), Cian Ruane (CPSSD3) and Ciara Godwin (CASE3) solved 4 of the 12 algorithmic problems in the shortest time compared to other Irish teams and made attempts on all the problems. Overall they finished 47th out of the best 120 university teams across north Europe.

A subset of the Biggins Team
A subset of the [B]ichael [B] [B]iggins Team

The competition was won by the University of Cambridge team ‘Me[N]ta∭ca’, who solved 8 of the 12 problems, the only team who got that amount correct. The top teams will advance to the 2018 ACM ICPC World Finals in Beijing, China, now in it’s 42st year.

This was the second year the NWERC competition was held in the World Heritage site of Bath and the Roman city was hive of activity over the weekend with the students visiting, Christmas markets and Bath Rugby being played. After the practice session on Saturday, the teams got to visit Bath’s famous Abbey, where the Anglo-Saxon King Edgar was crowned the first King of England in 973, in a ceremony that formed the basis of all future English coronations.

All the Irish teams are set to lock horns again at the IrlCPC in UCC which will be held on Saturday 10th March 2018.

NWERC 2017 Problems and solution slides are available below.

NWERC 2017 Irish Scoreboard

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