UOM excels in programming skills
The Moratuwa University students have shown that Sri Lankans can
match and surpass the world's best programmers with their exceptional
intellectual performance. This is proved by the results of the recent
coding competition conducted this year by the 160-country member
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This year the
University made a marked improvement over its successes in the past two
years as evidenced by the detailed results of the competition.
Called IEEEXtreme it is a global challenge in which teams of student
members compete in a 24-hour time span to solve a set of programming
problems. This year 1555 teams from 65 countries participated in the
competition organised by the IEEE, the world's premier technical
professional society in the fields of electrical, electronics, and
computer engineering, IEEEXtreme.
The Moratuwa University teams stood up to the task by one team
becoming the runners-up and another being ranked ninth among the
winners. The team 'CeylonSpiro' was the runners-up while the team "Selachimorpha"
bagged the ninth winner position.
The University also added another plume to its cap by the record
breaking number of teams with which it participated in the competition.
Hundred three-member teams from the University IEEE Student Branch
participated in the competition. This was almost three times last year's
number and the largest ever contingent worldwide. Out of these teams not
only were 10 teams in the top 100, but an amazing 30 teams were within
the top 200. "I am extremely proud of this performance. Fifteen percent
of the top teams are from the Moratuwa University. No other university
anywhere can match this", IEEE Student Branch Counsellor Prof Sisil
Commenting on the tenacity of the participants IEEEXtreme 5.0
academic co-ordinator Prof. Gihan Dias said, "I was impressed that
almost all the 300 participants stayed the course, until 5.30 a.m. on
Sunday and submitted their answers to the problems".
The competition, much awaited for by the University's undergraduates,
IEEEXtreme 5.0 commenced on October 22 at 5.30 a.m. local time, gained
another achievement, i.e., being a great unifier. It united the
competitors, organisers, academic and even non-academic staff into one
body, always aspiring and offering their fullest contribution, to make
the university proud.
Elaborating on the two teams mentioned above IEEE Sri Lanka Section
Chairman Dr Rohan Munasinghe said that it was not surprising that the
team 'CeylonSpiro' was on top of the rankings from the beginning.
"I'm not surprised. They were the same individuals who were the world
champions in IEEEXtreme 3.0 - Varuna Jayasiri, Chethiya Abeysinghe and
Lilantha Polpitiya," Dr. Munasinghe said.
All three of them are final year B.Sc. Engineering students. Lalintha
is majoring in electrical engineering whereas Varuna and Chethiya are
from electronics and telecommunication engineering. Varuna is an alumnus
of Royal College, Colombo. Chethiya and Lalintha are from Maliyadeva
All of them have experience in participating in coding competitions
even from school age. The team "Selachimorpha", comprising Kirthevasan
Kandasamy, Manuranga Perera and Maleen Abeydeera who are second and
third year students, was ranked ninth.
With the interest increasing among the undergraduates, the University
hopes for even wider participation in the future.