Northeastern Europe Regional, Nov. 11#

It wasn't the reigning three-time world champions from St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics that took home the top honors at the 2009 Northeastern Europe regional contest. Nor was it Saratov State University, last year's regional champions who in 2006 won the world title in San Antonio.

No, it was Petrozavodsk State University that claimed the top spot at the Nov. 11 competition, which was held at programming sites in St. Petersburg, Barnaul, Tashkent and Tbilisi. The 220-team contest was directed by Dr. Vladimir Parfenov.

"Petrozavodsk SU 1: Wx" — the names of whose team members were given only as Denisov, Nikolaevskiy and Nikolaevskiy — was the only team to answer nine problems of the 11-problem set. Moscow State University's "Unpredictable" came in second, with eight problems solved in 967 minutes. The defending world champions at host university St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics took the third and fourth spots.

The northeastern region has been exceptionally well represented at the world finals. Its teams routinely medal at the world finals, and a few — including the aforementioned St. Petersburg State University of IT, Mechanics and Optics and Saratov State University, which took the fifth and eighth places at this year's regional — have won the whole thing.

Detailed final standings for this year's regional contest are here. The problem set is here (pdf), and the tests and jury solutions are available as an archive file here.

Northwestern Europe Regional, Nov. 6 – 8#

A programming team from host university Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nuremberg won the Northwestern Europe regional contest, which was directed by Tobias Werth.

Team "deFAUlt" from Erlangen answered eight problems correctly to take the top spot this year, followed by the University of Helsinki's "Bubble sorters," which solved seven. Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology, always a threat to win, also finished seven problems at the contest; they took third. The University of Oxford, which won the last two regional contests and placed fifth at the 2009 world finals in Stockholm, finished at No. 20 this year.

The NWERC regional represents colleges and universities in Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Germany.

Full results are available here. Photos of the event can be found here.

Central Europe Regional, Nov. 6 – 8#

A flock of teams from the always-competitive University of Warsaw powered over the competition to take their second straight regional championship at the Central Europe contest, held Nov. 6 – 8 at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Wrocław, Poland.

The "Warsaw Owls" took first place with six problems solved; the "Warsaw Eagles" and the "Warsaw Hawks" took fourth and fifth, respectively. The University of Wrocław also fared well, with teams taking home second, ninth and tenth places; second-place "UWr1" answered five problems correctly.

The 71-team contest was directed by Krzysztof Lorys. The region draws contestants from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia.

The University of Warsaw won the world championship in 2007. At the 2009 world finals in Stockholm, a University of Warsaw team answered seven problems correctly to finish in ninth place.

The full scoreboard is here. To view a photo gallery of the contest, click here.

Southwestern Europe Regional, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1#

Spain's Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya took top honors at this year's Southwestern Europe regional contest, held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

"UPC-2" answered seven problems correctly to place first out of 36 teams at the event, which was directed by Luis Hernández Yánez. UPC also captured spots five and six on the leader board. Team "ENS Ulm 1," from France's École Normale Supérieure ULM, finished second with seven problems solved. "LuscoFusco," from Portugal's Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, took third after answering six problems correctly.

Director Luis Hernandez reports a great contest, with 35 teams turning out and every team solving at least one problem, with 138 correct submissions total.

The full scoreboard is here. Pictures of the event are here.

Southeastern Europe Region, Oct. 15 to 18#

Once again Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University outshone the rest at the Southeastern Europe regional contest, held Oct. 15 to 18, 2009, at Politehnica University in Bucharest. Prof. Nicolae Tapus directed the event. Team "Pointless" took top honors with nine problems solved — the only team to do so — and team "DDragons" placed second with seven problems solved. Both teams were coached by Vitalii Bondarenko, who last year coached teams to first-, third- and fifth-place finishes.

Team "IF," from the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, finished third. They also solved seven problems, but they racked up 1196 penalty points next to 1085 for the second-place team.

Forty-five programming teams from 28 universities in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine participated in the contest.

The problem set, when it is posted, will be available here.

Northwestern Europe Region#

Fresh off a strong finish at the 2009 world finals in Stockholm, Oxford University is on the hunt for yet another regional title at this year's Northwestern Europe ICPC regional contest, scheduled for Nov. 6 at Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Oxford placed fifth at the 2009 world finals, good enough for a silver medal. Over the past few years the school has yielded one constant at the Northwestern Europe regional contest: "Marta, Irena & Sirup," a team that has won the contest two years running. Teams from the University of Aarhus in Denmark are frequently in the region's top 10, and look for Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology, which won the regional in 2006, also to be a contender this year.

The Northwestern Europe region draws programming teams from Belgium, Netherlands, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Germany. The last time a team from this region won the world title was in 1995, when Germany's Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg prevailed at a contest in Nashville, Tenn.

Northwestern Europe is home to many significant research universities and technology and industrial companies. Siemens, Europe's largest engineering conglomorate, is based in Berlin and Munich. London, a growing regional IT hub, hosts an annual technology fund competition. Cell phone giant Nokia is based in Espoo, Finland.

Southeastern Europe Region#

Programmers in the Southeastern Europe ICPC region will be looking at teams from Ukraine as the ones to beat at this year's regional contest. Ukraine dominated last year’s regional in Bucharest, where programming teams from Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University, coached by Vitalii Bondarenko, won first, third and fifth places. Second place was awarded to Taurida V.I. Vernadsky National University, which placed 20th at the 2009 world finals in Stockholm.

The 2009 Southeastern Europe regional contest will be held Oct. 15 to 18 at Politehnica University in Bucharest, a university whose programming teams have several regional championships under their belt. Sofia University has also fielded very competitive teams in the past decade, winning the regional contest most recently in 2003.

Programmers from the Southeastern region have yet to win a world title, but with a strong showing at the regional contests, this could be their year.

Southeastern Europe is an up-and-coming technology hub. Bucharest is an important technology hub for the region around Romania, and Belgrade has in recent years hosted the annual Southeastern Europe Broadband Conference and Expo.

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