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March 25, 2002

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The UCSD team that won the U.S. Southwest regional computer programming contest last November is back in San Diego after competing in the World Finals in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Saturday, March 23.

Matthew Fedder, Stefan Schoenmackers, and Jeremy Lau tied with fourteen other teams for 27th place, but only four U.S. teams—MIT, Stanford, Duke and Wisconsin—scored higher. The UCSD team correctly solved three problems. The winning team from Shanghai JiaoTong University solved six problems, as did the MIT team, but the Chinese took the top spot thanks to fewer penalty points. (To view the set of problems, go to

"The UCSD team deserves a round of applause, because this was the university's best showing since we began competing three years ago," said the team's coach and CSE professor Brad Calder. "They finished in the top half of the 65 teams participating in the World Finals, and those teams represent the best of the best of the best from all over the world." Full results from the competition are posted at>.

UCSD team holding colored balloons (each representing a solved problem) after the Honolulu contest; from left to right, Matthew Fedder, Jeremy Lau, and Stefan Schoenmackers.

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