Canada's brightest math students train at Waterloo for Olympiad gold
WATERLOO - Canada's top students in computer science will attend a week-long training camp next month at the University of Waterloo in preparation for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) to held August 14-21 at Waterloo.
The top 21 were chosen after writing the Canadian Computing Competition, run by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) at the University of Waterloo. Close to 2,300 students wrote the exam in February.
The training camp involves workshops to sharpen the students' skills and abilities, extracurricular activities and a six-hour contest. The top eight students will represent the country at the IOI, which comes to Canada for the first time. As host, Canada can enter one official team of 4 competitors, and an unofficial team of 4 competitors.
"The participants are truly amongst the best young computer scientists in the world and they are all keen to capture a gold medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics," said Troy Vasiga, chair of IOI 2010. "The IOI will challenge them to stretch their math and computing abilities to their highest level."
The top 21 students who will bone up on their math and computer skills at the Waterloo camp are:
* Joshua Alman, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto
* Tyson Andre, Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill
* Brian Bi, Woburn Collegiate Institute, Scarborough
* Robin Cheng, Pinetree Secondary School, Coquitlam, British Columbia
* Kevin Choi, Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill
* Brook Jensen, Thornhill Secondary School, Thornhill
* Heinrich Jiang, Vincent Massey Secondary School, Windsor
* Tong Shu Li, Woburn Collegiate Institute, Scarborough
* Zhiqiang Liu, Don Mills Collegiate Institute, North York
* Ali Majdzadeh, Port Moody Senior Secondary School, Port Moody, British Columbia
* Cameron Mckinnon, Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba
* Hayley Pereira, Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, Scarborough
* Jacob Plachta, Woburn Collegiate Institute, Scarborough
* Aurick Qiao, Vincent Massey Secondary School, Windsor
* Andrew Shen, Thornhill Secondary School, Thornhill
* Vincent Siad, St. George’s School, Vancouver, British Columbia
* Justin Simpson, SATEC @ WA Porter Collegiate Institute, Scarborough
* Zexvan Wang, A.Y. Jackson Secondary School, North York
* Fan Yin, Vincent Massey Secondary School, Windsor
* Cyril Zhang, Don Mills Collegiate Institute, North York
* Jonathan Zung, University of Toronto Schools, Toronto
From these 21 top contenders, the organizing committee will select the official and unofficial Canadian teams for IOI 2010.
They will join the top four contenders from more than 80 countries around the world who will gather in Waterloo this August. The competitors will spend a week demonstrating such computing skills as problem analysis, design of algorithms, and data structures, programming and testing.
The IOI is one of the most recognized secondary school computer science competitions in the world. The competition tasks are of algorithmic nature; however, the contestants have to show such computing skills as problem analysis, design of algorithms and data structures, programming and testing. The participants of the IOI are some of the best young computer scientists in the world. To learn more, go to www.ioi2010.org.