2001 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

Sponsored by IBM

Asia-Specific Regional Contest Rules

July 1, 2001


The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) is an activity of the ACM that provides college students with an opportunity to demonstrate and sharpen their problem-solving and computing skills. The ACM/ICPC Asia Regional Contests invite Asian students to meet, establish friendships, and promote fair competition in programming.

I. Fundamentals of the Rules of ICPC Regional Contests

Rules for the Asia Regional Contests are based on the rules of ACM ICPC Regional Programming Contests ( refer to hyperlink http://acm.baylor.edu/acmicpc/regionals/About.htm) and ICPC Steering Committee Policies/Procedures (refer to hyperlink http://acm.baylor.edu/acmicpc/info/ppgs.pdf).

II. Additional Asia regional specific rules:

Regional Contest Organization and Administration

1. The Asia Region covers all territories and countries in Asia, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, North Korea, Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, Macau, Mongolia, Siberia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Israel, Iran, Middle-Eastern, and Central Asian Countries, etc.

2. Asia Regional Contests do not divide the region by political territories. A team that advances to the Contest Finals represents the team’s university, not the team’s political boundary.

3. The contest is a two-to-four-tiered competition among teams of students representing institutions of higher education. The first tier includes the Regional Contests, which are held through November and early December of each year. The top-scoring team from each site of the Regional Contest automatically advances to the Contest Finals (the second tier). A pre-regional tier is described in item 8 of this section titled "Local Area and School Level Programming Contests".

4. The Asia Regional Contest is administered under the direction of the "Asia Regional Director," who is charged with executing Regional Contests within a set of rules and guidelines that have been approved by the ACM ICPC Executive Director. The Asia Regional Director selects several contest sites in Asia each year to hold the Asia Regional Contests. The Asia Regional Director also appoints one Site Director to head the Steering Committee for each contest site. Site Directors are charged with responsibilities of planning, organizing and executing the Regional Contest according to ACM/ICPC Contest Operational Guidelines.

5. Asia Super Region is organized as one single region -- Asia Region. This unique regional organization in Asia promotes the cooperation of all Asian contestants and universities.

6. The recommended organization of the Steering Committee for each site usually consists of the following members:

Honorary Chairs (Optional)

Chair (Regional Contest Site Director)

Co-Chairs (Asia Regional Director is, by default, one of the Co-Chairs)

Committee Coordinator or Associate Site Director (optional)

Chief Judge and Judging Team

System (Hardware/Software) Chair

Registration Chair

Publicity Chair and Activities/Operation Chair

The Steering Committee for each contest site may implement additional rules and a different committee organization pertaining to the contest site. However, the consultation with the Asia Regional Contest Director is required prior to the establishment of such rules or organization.

7. Each University or college in Asia can organize teams to participate in the contests at any site or multiple sites. However, a contestant can participate, at most, in two (2) Asian contest sites during a contest year.

8. Local Area and School Level Programming Contests:

a. Each country or larger territory area may organize a local programming contest with its winners advancing to the Regional Contest. If the area organizes a local contest, the area’s local contest committee decides the number of teams to participate in the regional contest.

b. A University or college may have a School Level Programming Contest, with its winners advancing to the Local Area Programming Contest (or Asia Regional Contests). The winners of the Local Area Programming Contest may advance to the Asia Regional Contest. A team may participate in the Regional Contest, bypassing the School and/or Local Area levels, with the approval of the Regional Contest Site Director.

Regional Contest Winning Team and Award

1. The winning team of each contest will automatically advance to the World Contest Final and will receive partial travel support from ACM and its sponsors. Additional wildcard berths in the World Finals may be awarded to any contest team at the discretion of the Asia Regional Contests Director. The wildcard teams may or may not receive travel support to the Contest Finals. However, the best team from the University hosting the contest will have the higher priority in becoming the wildcard berth to the contest finals if the following four (4) conditions are met: (1) the winning team does not come from the University hosting the contest; (2) the university has not been a wildcard berth for previous one or two times of hosting the contest; (This means that the host university can become a wild card berth at most one time for every three years of hosting.) (3) the host team is ranked in the top fourth of all teams in that contest site; (4) the wildcard berth has been allocated for that particular contest site. (The allocation of wildcard berth depends on the total number of universities and teams registered at that particular site.)

2. A university or college can have at most one qualified team that advances to the World Finals.

3. Any team qualified to be advanced to World Finals who have solved at least one problem must have registered the team one week before the contest date and must have completed the team information 24 hours before the contest. Failure in doing so will disqualify the team to the World Finals.

4. In an effort to encourage the participation of female students in Asia Regional Contests, the Asia Regional Contest Director will award each female contestant a cash award of $100 if (1) the team has at least two female contestants; (2) the team is ranked in the top third of all teams in that contest site and; (3) the team is the best among those qualified for the above items (1) and (2).

5. Each Contest Site Director may rank the teams approximately in the top half. The rest of the teams will be acknowledged in alphabetical order, but not ranked. The final ranking of the top half should combine the rankings of universities as well as teams. Final standings will first be ranked from the top team from each university/college. Other teams from the same college will then be ranked as ties with that of the next ranked team of another university. Each Contest Site Director normally selects the first 6 or 10 universities to award prizes.

Conduct and Scoring of the Contest

1. A minimum of six problems and a maximum of eight or nine will be posted. Contestants will have four hours and thirty minutes or five hours to complete the problems.

2. Contestants may bring their own keyboards. The team is responsible for any trouble installing its own keyboards.

3. Electronic dictionaries are not allowed. Paper dictionaries, however, are allowed.

4. No personally owned diskettes or calculators are allowed.

5. Questions or requests written in a language other than English may be made from contestants to designated translators and then to judges. Judges will respond to contestants directly in English.

6. Notification of accepted runs may be suspended at the appropriate time to keep the final results secret. A general announcement to that effect will be made during the contest. Notification of rejected runs will continue until the end of the contest.

7. Team numbers should be assigned randomly before the contest. Team numbers should be used in PC^2. University names should not be used in the PC^2 and should not be revealed to the judging team during the contest. The Contest Site Director is responsible for posting the matching list of team numbers and university names in the audience area within 60 minutes after the contest starts. Contest Site Directors may contact Asia Regional Director to find out an efficient way of random assignment of team numbers.

Judging Team and Contest Problem Creation

1. The Chief Judge and Site Director of each contest site are responsible for organizing the judging team. No member of the judging team should be the coach of any contest team. It is highly recommended that the judging team consist of faculties from other universities and/or industry professionals. The use of an international judging team is also encouraged, if possible. The size of the judging team is recommended to be equal to the number of contest problems in the contest.

2. The Chief Judge and Site Director of each contest site is responsible for issuing "Call for Contest Problems" to university faculty members and industrial professionals at least three months prior to the contest date to solicit contest problems and solutions. The Chief Judge and the judging team shall keep the submitted contest problems confidential. The Chief Judge and the judging team make a final decision in selecting the contest problems, in modifying the submitted contest programs, or in adding additional contest problems. Except with special approval from the Asia Regional Director, it is mandatory that no more than one contest problem shall be selected from the same submitting university or the same submitting industrial organization. To ensure fairness, it is highly recommended that contest problems should not be selected from universities who are participating in the contest. Especially, the contest problem submitted by a team coach must not be selected.

3. Judges are encouraged to take care that there is one problem in the set that is fairly easy, since the wild cards distribution formula will probably count only the teams that have solved at least one problem.


Contest Environment

1. The contest language software will be made available to the contestants in advance of the Regional Contests.

2. The contest site will provide each team with a sufficient number of diskettes for their use during the contest.

3. More specific details on the contest environment, including RAM and hardware configurations, software versions, and printers will be announced by the Contest Site Director.

4. Contest judging software (e.g., PC^2) will be provided from ACM/ICPC website http://www.ecs.csus.edu/pc2/pc2code.html

Registration Fee

The Steering Committee of each contest site determines the registration fee of each team. In previous years, the regional registration fee ranged from $0 to $150 around the world.

Contest Finals Location and Dates

1. The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Finals sponsored by IBM (World Finals) will be held on March 20 - 24, 2001, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

2. The winning teams of the World Finals will most likely receive large scholarships and prizes. For example, the March 1997 prizes ranged from $1000 to $12000 USD for the top 10 winning teams in the World Finals.

Industrial Sponsorships

ACM/ICPC has received major sponsorship from IBM since July 1997 for World Finals events, ICPC organization and regional contest activities, and most of the software used for Regional Contests.

IBM also provides additional funds available to support part of the regional contest activities for each site. The Asia Regional Contests are self-supporting for each contest site. Each Regional Contest Site Director is responsible for obtaining financial support from local industries, government entities, and universities. The industrial sponsorships of a few commercial companies for such financial sponsorships are restricted. The Regional Contest Site Director is recommended to find out such restrictions from the Asia Regional Contests Director. It is further required that the banner "ACM/ICPC sponsored by IBM" must be displayed in a prominent place at the contest site.

All regional Contests must award ICPC certificates, use ICPC badges, and provide conforming ICPC T-shirts. All Regional Contests must comply with ICPC sponsoring agreements regardless of whether ICPC, IBM sponsor funding, or local IBM funding is provided.

Documents to be submitted by Contest Site Director

At the end of the contest, each Regional Site Director is required to submit the following three items:

1. Contest Ranking: University names, problems solved, and time consumed.

2. Contest Problems

3. At least ten photos containing contestant activities, and five photos containing officer's activities. (Photo only; No computer image files accepted.)

Items 1 and 2 must be created in the website of each contestant site and the links must be entered in the AIM/ICPC website within two days after the contest.

III. Asia Regional Contest Dates and Contest Site Directors

Asia Regional Contest Dates:

November 3 & 4 Taejon/Korea

November 7 & 8 Tehran

November 9 & 10 Dhaka/Bangladesh

November 10 & 11 Hakodate/Japan

November 17 & 18 Shanghai

November 24 & 25 Taipai

November 29 & 30 Singapore

December 5 & 6 Kanpur/India

Asia Regional Contest Site Directors:

Direcor, Asia, Taipai Site

Professor Greg C. Lee


Voice: +886-2-2363-7726 Ext 24

Fax: +886-2-2394-0120


ACM/ICPC Asia Regional Contest/Taipei

Director of Computer Center

National Taiwan Normal University

162 Hoping E. Rd., Section 1

Taipei, Taiwan


Director, Asia, Shanghai Site

Vice President Hong-Gang Zhou

% Mr. J. Y. Teng, Steering Committee Coordinator 

jyteng@eastday.com or contest@acm.shu.edu.cn

Voice: +86-21-6613-3762

Fax: +86-21-6613-3885 X808


ACM/ICPC Asia Regional Contest/Shanghai

Office of Student Affairs

Shanghai University

99 Shangda Rd.

Shanghai, 200436 China


Director, Asia, Hakodate Site

Professor Eiichi Miyamoto


Voice: +81-138-34-6223

Fax: +81-138-34-6301


ACM/ICPC Asia Regional Contest/Hakodate

Future University - Hakodate

116-2 Kamedanakano-cho

Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido, 041-8655



Director, Asia, Kanpur Site

Professor Phalguni Gupta


Voice: +91-512-597-647

Fax: +91-512-590-725


ACM/ICPC Asia Regional Contest/Kanpur

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur

Kanpur, 208 016



Director, Asia, Tehran Site

Professor Mohammad Ghodsi


Voice: +98-21-602-2714/600-5616

Fax: +98-21-600-5616/601-2983


ACM/ICPC Asia Regional Contest/Tehran

Computer Engineering Department

Sharif University of Technology

Tehran, 11365



Director, Asia, Taejon Site

Professor Kyung-Yong Chwa


Voice: +82-42-869-3513

Fax: +82-42-869-3510


ACM/ICPC Asia Regional Contest/Taejon

Department of Computer Science

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

373-1 Kusong-dong, Yusong-gu

Taejon, 305-701



Director, Asia, Singapore Site

Professor Edmund Lai


Voice: +65-790-4166

Fax: +65-792-6559


ACM/ICPC Asia Regional Contest/Singapore

School of Computer Engineering

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Ave.

639798 Singapore


Director, Asia, Dhaka Site

Dr. M. Kaykobad


Voice: +880-2-966-5650, Ext 7552

Fax: +880-2-861-3046, 3026


ACM/ICPC Asia Regional Contest/Dhaka

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology




Director, Asia Regional Contests

Professor C. Jinshong (C.J.) Hwang


Voice: +1-512-327-1669

Fax: +1-512-327-1651


Department of Computer Science

Southwest Texas State University

Math/CS Building 560

San Marcos, Texas 78666