“Cloud training” launched to prepare ECNU teams for ACM-ICPC 2020 World Finals


Although disciplinary competitions were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, ECNU has come up with an innovative solution, i.e. launching “cloud training” programs to help students improve on their skills while they stay at home.

Three ECNU students, Zhao Yunxiang, Zhu Tong and Xie Jiadong, have joined the online training since February 8 guided by Xiao Chunyun, a lecturer from the School of Computer Science and Technology School, and Du Yugen, an associate professor from the Software Engineering Institute.

Zhao Yunxiang, Zhu Tong and Xie Jiadong

According to Xiao Chunyun, two ECNU teams have made it to this year’s Association for Computing Machinery - International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC). One of them will compete in the World Finals on behalf of the university while the other has qualified for next year’s regional contest.

Initially, ECNU teams had worked out a winter vacation training plan and were scheduled to participate in the Pre-World Finals training camp organized by Bytedance, which was forced to close down due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The instructors adjusted the training plans for the two teams: some team members would switch to individual training while the finalists would continue to train as a team. After each training session, the instructors would sort out an analysis report and share it with the students in the QQ group chat. They encouraged the team members to engage in discussions and answer each other’s questions.

The Online trainning

The ACM-ICPC 2020 World Finals, which was planned to be held on June 21 this year in Moscow, is rescheduled for next May or June due to the coronavirus pandemic. Xiao encouraged her team members to be fully prepared for the competition and the new challenges.

Hosted by ACM,the ACM-ICPC is an algorithmic programming contest for college students. It has become the oldest, largest and most world-renowned programming contest for college students. Teams of three, representing their university, work to solve the most real-world problems, fostering collaboration, creativity, innovation, and the ability to perform under pressure. 

Source: International Communication Office

Copy editor: Joshua Mayfield

Editor: Yu Wenxi


East China Normal University