The 1997-98 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest

Sponsored by IBM

SOUTHEASTERN EUROPEAN REGION

Bucharest, October 25th, 1997

 

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering from the "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, had the honour to organise the 1997-1998 ACM Southeastern European Regional Programming Contest.

There were 30 programming teams registered, from Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and Yugoslavia. Two teams from Ukraine have not been able to come to the Contest.

The first place was taken by:

Stefan Valentin Gheorghita,

Ovidiu Gheorghioiu,

Alin Sinpalean

from "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Romania, with 5 problems solved and a score of 824 points.

The second place was taken by:

Krassimir Pascalev,

Kamen Yotov,

Vladimir Kiriansky,

from the Sofia University, Bulgaria, with 4 problems solved and a score of 921 points.

The third place was taken by:

Bogdan Stanescu,

Ionel Santa,

Florin Ciucu,

from the Bucharest University, Romania, with 3 problems solved and a score of 416 points.

The fourth, the fifth and the sixth place were taken, in the same order, by:

 

Politehnica University of Timisoara

Sofia University 2

Politehnica University of Timisoara 2

The Southeastern Region was assigned at least one place for the final contest that will be held in Atlanta, USA. Accordingly, the first and second team will participate to the finals.

 

Teamsí task was to solve 8 problems in 5 hours using C or Pascal programming languages. At the end of the contest, none of the teams solved correctly all 8 problems. There were 1 team with 5 solved problems, 1 teams with 4 solved problems, 8 teams with 3 solved problems, 4 teams with 2 solved problems, 9 teams with 1 solved problem and 5 teams with no solved problems.

The contest computers were IBM-PCs Pentium 75 Mhz, 16 Mb RAM, 1 Gb HDD, linked by a network running Novell Netware 3.11. They were provided by IBM Romania. The site of the contest was the main hall of the "Rectorat" building, Politehnica University.

The evaluation of the results and scoring was based on the Personal Computer Programming Contest program (PC2) v6.1, developed at the Computer Science Department, Sacramento, California State University. The use of PC2 permitted a smooth run of the contest and facilitated the activity of judges and runners.

 

The 28 teams totalled a number of 83 students , among which only one girl student : Elena Popovici from the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania, and 30 faculty advisors and team coaches. There were more than 30 staff members and volunteers who contributed to the organisation and run of the contest.

Each member of the participating teams received prizes consisting of software kits of Visual Age for C++, Java and SmallTalk. The first three teams received presents from IBM-ROMANIA. All participants will be offered a free 1 year ACM Student Membership.

 

The program of the contest was:

 

Thursday 23 October

12:00 - 22:00 : Teams arrive and report to the Site Co-ordinator

 

Friday 24 October

08:00 - 12:00 : Arrival and Check-in

14:00 - 14:45 Opening Ceremony, Senate Room - Building R

Speakers:

Nicolae Tapus, Contest Director

George Metakides, Director of the Information Technology Programs of the European Community

Iustin Tanase, Minister Secretary of State - President of the National Committee of Informatics

Gheorghe Zgura, Rector of "Politehnica" University of Bucharest

Vlad Tepelea, Vice-President of Romanian ACM Chapter

Dan Roman, Director of IBM - Romania

14:45 - 15:30 Break

15:30 - 16:30 Briefing with faculty advisors,students and volunteers

16:30 - 19:00 Practice Session

19:00 Dinner

 

Saturday 25 October

09:00 - 09:30 Check-in at contest site

09:15 - 09:30 Briefing with faculty advisors

 

09:30 - 14:30 CONTEST

 

15:00 - 16:00 Lunch

18:30 - 19:30 Award Ceremony

19:30 Banquet

 

Sunday 26 October

09:00 - 13:00 Sightseeing Tour of Bucharest

 

The contest budget was raised using funds from IBM, "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Ministry of Youth and Sports, and Ministry of National Education. Participation in the contest was free of charge. Also the lunch, the dinner, the buffets, the banquet and the tour of Bucharest were free of charge.

Upon registration, each participant received a contest folder containing: contest badge, contest rules, contestant's guide for PC2, timetable, information about Romania, ACM membership application form, software kits of Visual Age for C++, Java and SmallTalk, a pen and a T-shirt with IBM logo.

During the Award Ceremony, Certificates of Participation or Recognition were given to all participants and volunteers. Everybody seemed very excited about receiving the certificates, especially the volunteers, showing that the ACM idea of offering certificates was very appreciated.

Two press releases were issued: one before and one after the contest. Several newspapers published announcements or presentations of the event.

 

The composition of the Steering Committee was:

 

The composition of the judging staff was:

 

We want to express our thanks to Chief Judge Prof. Cristian Giumale, for his activity and constant help during the contest.

We would also like to express our thanks to ACM and to IBM Corporation, to the Romanian Society for Informatics, to the Romanian Chapter of ACM, to "Politehnica" University, and to the local contributors for their generous support for the ACM Southeastern European Regional Programming Contest. And last, but not least, we thank all the volunteers who helped run the contest. Without all these people and organisations, it would have been hardly possible to make this event happen.

 

It is possible that the next edition of the ACM Southeastern European Regional Programming Contest will be held at the Computer Science and Engineering Dept. , "POLITEHNICA" University of Bucharest, ROMANIA.

 

 

Prof. Nicolae Tapus

Regional Contest Director

 

 

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The Results of ACM Southeastern European Regional Programming Contest

October the 25-th, 1997, Bucharest, ROMANIA

 

RANK

TEAM NAME

COUNTRY

SOLVED

SCORE

         

1

"Politehnica" University of Bucharest

Romania

5

824

2

Sofia University

Bulgaria

4

921

3

Bucharest University

Romania

3

416

4

Politehnica University of Timisoara

Romania

3

520

5

Sofia University 2

Bulgaria

3

547

6

Politehnica University of Timisoara 2

Romania

3

611

7

Technical University of Chisinau

Moldova

3

672

7

Belgrade University

Yugoslavia

3

722

7

National Technical University of Athens

Greece

3

737

7

Vinnitsa State Technical University

Ukraine

3

747

11

"Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava

Romania

2

244

11

"Politehnica" University of Bucharest 2

Romania

2

314

11

Technical University of Varna

Bulgaria

2

347

11

Institute of Informatics, Skopje

Macedonia

2

352

15

"Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj

Romania

1

53

15

American University Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1

65

15

Technical University of Cluj

Romania

1

70

15

Plovdiv University

Bulgaria

1

199

15

"Petru Maior" University of Targu-Mures

Romania

1

202

15

West University Timisoara

Romania

1

231

15

Technical University of Iasi

Romania

1

232

15

University of Craiova

Romania

1

275

15

Odessa State University

Ukraine

1

319

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

 

"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi

Romania

   
 

"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi 2

Romania

   
 

"Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj

Romania

   
 

Elektrotechnicki Facultet Skopje

Macedonia

   
 

Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti

Romania