A team representing UMD took home the "First to Solve Problem J" Award, in the 37th world final ACM ICPC programming contest, held in St. Petersburg, Russia over the July 4th weekend. The team, comprised of graduate students Hossein Esfandiari, Ang Li and Shangfu Peng and coached by Mohammad Hajiaghayi was the first to solve the problem among the 120 participating teams.
Overall the team solved 5 problems and ranked 27 in the World Finals. It was one of only two North American teams to win an award, the other being Carnegie Mellon University, who placed 11th and won a Bronze Medal.
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