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IACS Faculty helps SBU's CE CS Math Team place 4th in ACM Greater NY Regional Programming Contest

Stony Brook ACM programming teams for GNY 2018 (from left to right): Shawn Mathew, Gaurav Ahuja, Yuren Huang, Daniel DeLayo, Giorgian Borca-Tasciuc, Allen Kim, Harsh Ranjan, Mehul Jain, Taras Kolomatski, Rezaul Chowdhury (faculty advisor and coach and IACS Core Faculty member), Jiarui Zhang, Sudharsan Kumar, Junxiang Huang, and Zafar Ahmad (coach). Missing: Haochen Chen (coach).
Stony Brook's top team consisting of students from Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics finished 4th in the 2018 ACM ICPC Greater New York Regional Programming Contest held at Manhattan College on November 19, 2018. They finished behind one team from Columbia, Princeton, and Cornell each and ahead of everyone else including the remaining teams from Princeton (3 teams), Cornell (4 teams), Yale (3 teams), Columbia (1 team), NYU (4 teams), Rochester (1 team), and Rutgers (3 teams). Stony Brook's other teams were ranked 20th, 26th, and 37th among 68 participating teams. 
The final rank list of the top 20 teams is given below. SBU teams are highlighted.
final standings 
The final standings, however, do not tell the full story. Approximately two hours into the contest our top team was leading the points table with 5 problems solved when no one else solved more than 4. It was ranked 2nd after solving 6 problems, and 3rd after solving 7. When the contest ended it was only a few minutes away from correctly solving its 8th problem. 
For photos, standings at various stages of the contest, and the full story please check: 
As usual, Stony Brook accumulated bragging rights for SUNY and Long Island schools. SUNY Binghamton's teams finished 29th, 30th, and 38th, all behind the top three Stony Brook teams.
Special thanks to CS PhD students Haochen Chen and Zafar Ahmad for helping SBU teams prepare for the contest and also for making our local selection contest a success. Thanks to Michael Delgrosso, Peter Ruland, and their technical support team as well as CS graduate student volunteers for help during the selection contest. Many thanks to Kathy Germana and Andrew Solar-Greco for their help in every step. Finally, thanks to Google for sponsoring the selection contest and the Department of Computer Science for the generous support all along.



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