NUS Team @ ACM ICPC World Finals 2016

NUS team RRwatameda: Nguyen Thanh Trung (1st year Master student), Nguyen Tan Sy Nguyen (4th year student), and Nguyen Hung Tam (3rd year student) obtained Joint-14 place (raw: Rank 15/128) in the annual ACM ICPC World Finals 2016 in Phuket on 15-20 May 2016. Congratulations. The in-house press-release can be found here.

NUS ICPC World Finals 2016 traveling expenses are donated by Garena.

ACM ICPC Selection Contest For Regionals 2016

Date and Time: Saturday, 10 September 2016, 1-6PM SGT (end of Week 05).
Venue: COM1-B-PL2 (capacity 46).
Format: Individual selection contest to determine individual coder rankings, using ICPC rules (e.g. 25 pages reference material), but individual instead of team of three.

The NUS best coder after this individual contest will get to choose two other teammates of his/her liking to best complement him/her as NUS team 1.
Then these three students are removed from the list.
The next best not-chosen NUS coder will continue this process, and so on, until we have NUS team 6 (a total of 6x3 = 18 students).
As we do not host ACM ICPC Singapore this year, we will go to more Asian PP sites this year.

Senior/no-longer-eligible ex NUS ACM ICPC team members can help contribute interesting medium-hard ICPC-style problems for this selection contest.

Eligible NUS students who are planning to be in NUS ACM ICPC team in AY 2016/2017 have to self-practice before this individual selection contest.

Past and the newly selected NUS ACM ICPC team members will be given one-year 24/7 access to NUS ACM ICPC Lab (COM2-2-15).

The current list of known participants of this selection contest can be found here.

NUS ACM ICPC Plans for Regionals 2016

Using donations by two big IT companies in Singapore: Garena and Grab, we plan to send up to 6 NUS teams to 4 Asian PP sites this year.

The actual plan below are more or less confirmed and may only change a bit if there is/are suprising change(s) of contest date(s) by Asian PP Regional Contest Directors.

Basically, the rationale for choosing these sites are:

  1. Can (any of) NUS team win it?
  2. If the first objective is realistically too hard, then we ask: Can (any of) NUS team be in top 3 (for ACM ICPC World Finals 2017 qualification)?
  3. Do the contest dates clash with NUS S1 final assessment (exam) dates (19 Nov-03 Dec 2016)? (too many administrative problems otherwise)
  4. Can we actually afford it? (remember that we will send lots of teams to multiple sites this year)

Confirmed sites:

  1. The ACM ICPC Asia Jakarta (Indonesia), Sunday, 06 November 2016
    Actual: 04-05-06-07 Nov, end of Week 12, start of Week 13, suitable timings and a very familiar place
    ALL 6 NUS teams will compete here as we are the defending champion for the past three years...
    This site will also be the benchmark site regarding which NUS team goes to WF17 — in the possible scenario when we have other NUS team(s) qualifying to WF17 from other sites (see below)...
    NUS staff-in-charge: Associate Professor Tan Sun Teck and Dr Zhao Jin (Lecturer)
    NUS student-co-coach: Nathan Azaria (2x World Finalists 2014-2015).
  2. The ACM ICPC Asia Bangkok (Thailand), Friday, 11 November 2016
    Actual: 09-10-11-12 Nov, end of Week 13, suitable timings and a familiar place, we will definitely compete at this site
    NUS teams 3-4 will be sent here.
    NUS staff-in-charge: Mr Ivan Chew Teck Meng (full-time TA).
  3. The ACM ICPC Asia Yangon (Myanmar), Friday, 09 December 2016
    Actual: 07-08-09-10 Dec, during NUS holiday time (last NUS final assessment is on Saturday, 03 Dec 2016)
    There is budget direct flight from Singapore to Yangon daily
    NUS team 1 will be sent here (note: If the organizers really only allow Java, then NUS team 1 has to practice coding in full Java).
    NUS staff-in-charge: Dr Soo Yuen Jien (Senior Lecturer).
    NUS student-co-coach: Jonathan Irvin Gunawan (2x World Finalists 2014-2015).
  4. The ACM ICPC Asia Manila (Philippines), Thursday, 15 December 2016
    Actual: 13-14-15-16 Dec, during NUS holiday time...
    NUS team 2 will be sent here.
    NUS staff-in-charge: Associate Professor Tan Sun Teck

99% no this time:

  1. The ACM ICPC Asia Tsukuba (Japan), Sunday, 16 October 2016
    Actual: 14-15-16-17 Oct, end of Week 09, start of Week 10
  2. The ACM ICPC Asia Daejeon (South Korea), TBC, usually late October 2016??
  3. The ACM ICPC Asia Nha Trang (Vietnam), TBC, usually late November 2016 and clash with NUS examination weeks??

We definitely have to give a miss this year:

  1. The ACM ICPC Asia Chung-Li (Taiwan), Saturday, 26 November 2016
    Actual: 24-25-26-27 Nov, first exam week..., the timing is very not suitable for us :O

Singapore IOI Team

NOI+APIO 2016 Results

The Korean organizers have announced the official APIO 2016 results. Congratulations to Zhang Guangxuan, Liu Tianyi, Pang Wen Yuen, Clarence Chew Xuan Da, Gabriel Goh Kheng Lin (5 Silver APIO16 medals) and Huang Xing Chen (1 Bronze APIO16 medal).

The combined NOI16 scores (50%) and APIO16 scores (50%) produce the following table:

RankNameNOI16 (#)APIO16 (#)Sum
1Zhang Guangxuan342 (5)176.96 (1)63.7
2Clarence Chew Xuan Da357 (3)156.38 (4)61.8
3Pang Wen Yuen345 (4)157 (joint-2)60.7
4Jacob Teo Por Loong454 (1)87.81 (9)60.0

5Feng Jiahai373 (2)115.13 (7)56.5
6Liu Tianyi283 (7)157 (joint-2)54.5
7Ho Jie Feng302 (6)100.14 (8)46.9
8Huang Xing Chen255 (10)116 (6)44.8
9Gabriel Goh Kheng Lin216 (15)138 (5)44.6

Top 6 from APIO16 will receive certificates from Korean organizers during IOI16.
Top 4++ are invited for intensive training in mid June+July+early August 2016 (the schedule, PIC: Gan Wei Liang).
MOE Pre-departure briefing is currently scheduled on Wednesday, 27 July 2016, afternoon.
Other eligible students outside top 4 this year are encouraged to try again next year.
If you are no longer eligible for IOI, then join NUS and strengthen NUS ACM ICPC teams.