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Faculty Students at the International Mathematics Competition

The Prestigious International Mathematics Competition for University Students took place in Bulgaria this year between 27 July and 2nd August. Competitors were given 10 problems to solve for a maximum of 10 points. HSE’s Faculty of Computer Science was represented by Vadim Kalashnikov and Gleb Posobin who are about to embark on the second year of their degree course. According to overall international ratings for students in any subject they were awarded first and third prizes respectively.

Vadim Kalashnikov, second year Engineering student. First prize: 15th out of 64
Roman Karasyov, MIPT team leader

Andrey Gavrilyuk, himself an international olympiad winner who teaches the elective course ‘Math workshop’ and leads the team, tells how the Computer Science faculty team got on at the IMC 2015.

'So we are back and with great results. Second year Engineering student Vadim Kalashnikov won first prize. In the final standing he came 15th out of 64. Second year Applied Mathematics and Informatics student Gleb Posobin won third prize (157-164th out of 330 participants) and was only three points short of winning second prize. Soon you’ll be able to see the results on the official competition website.

For the general team results, our Faculty of Computer Science didn’t compete officially but we can already make some observations. Judging by the figures alone we should be in 50th place out of 74. That’s based on the efforts of two competitors and the final result is counted by three real competitors in the team plus a virtual one with the average mark for the team. Let’s approximate the real team’s result: If we had one more real competitor who scored say 19 points out of 100 (just slightly less than Gleb with his 30 points) then we would qualify as a team and our final score would be  not 120 = 71 + 30 + 19 but 160 = 71 + 30 + 19 + (71+30+19)/3. This way a plausible evaluation of our team’s position in the rankings would be closer to 20th out of 74 which is really good for a first time entry.

Even without these virtual reckonings with our score of 101 we beat Yale, the University of Chicago and Glasgow University. And they had teams of three, plus. So far our guys extended the Team of the Teamless which took 9th place.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Vadim Kalashnikov and Gleb Posobin once again and wish them a successful performance,' says Andrey Gavrilyuk, Professor at the Mathematics Workshop elective course.