Conduct of the Contest
Scoring of the Contest
This is the only legally valid version of the specific rules for the 2001
Southwestern European Regional Programming Contest. It will be given to the
participants upon registration. They complement and not contradict the
of the 2001 ACM Regional Programming Contest.
- A representative of the sponsoring institution, typically a
faculty member, must serve as or designate the team coach. The coach
must certify the eligibility of contestants, if required by the
Regional Contest Director.
- The coach must serve as point-of-contact with the team before
(e-mail, fax or material mail) and during (direct conversation) the
Southwestern European Regional Contest activities.
- All teams who want to participate have to check-in at the
registration desk. A team cannot compete in the Southwestern European
Regional Contest if the participation fee is not paid by the start of
the actual contest. The location of the registration desk and the
office hours will be announced to the participants in advance.
- Contestant eligibility is determined during the academic term
ending closest to the 1st November 2001. Graduation and degree
conferrals are considerd to occur after a term has been completed, not
during that term. Any questions of eligibility should be posed to the
Regional Contest Director. His decision is final.
- Each team consists of up to three "contestants".
- Each contestant must be a student enrolled in a degree program at the
sponsoring institution with at least half-time load. At least two
contestants must be undergraduate students. No contestant may have
completed two years of post-baccalaureate studies or hold a graduate
degree (a contest must not have complteted 6 years of study at the University).
- Students who have competed in two contest finals are not eligible.
- A certain educational institution can send up to three teams to
the Southwestern European Regional Contest. Team places (2 per
institution) are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. If all
requests for first and second teams are satisfied, third teams may be
accepted based on past performance and on a first-come first-served
basis. The Regional Contest Director is responsible for accepting or
- The educational institutions must be from Portugal, Spain,
France, Italy, Switzerland, western part of Austria and Germany
(Baden-Wurttemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg,
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thuringen). By
special request teams from other countries may be allowed to
participate in this region.
- Contestants are not required to be student members of the ACM in
order to be eligible to compete in a regional contest. Note however
that all Contest Finals contestants are required to be student members
- Each team that competes in the Southwestern European Regional
Contest may make one substitution for a contestant who is unable or
unwilling to compete provided that the team Coach notifies the Contest
Director as soon as he is aware of the change, but no later than at
team check-in. The resulting team must be properly constituted.
- The South Western European Regional Contest organisers are
absolutely not responsible for the accommodation or other expenses of
- Appropriate insurance (e.g. against accidents or diseases) is in
the responsibility of the team.
- Each team will use one single computer. All teams will have similar
computing equipment and same operating system. Teams are allowed to bring their own keyboards to accommodate different layouts. It is the responsability of the coach and at least one team member to connect and setup the keyboard before the practice session.
- Each team will have access to four compilers: a Pascal Compiler,
a C Compiler, a C++ Compiler and a Java Compiler. Each submission may
be in either language, without regard to the language used in previous
- For each compiler, there will be a set of manuals available for
the contestants. If there are not enough manuals to serve all teams,
a manual desk will be installed. Manuals may not be removed from the
desk. It is possible to provide on-line instead of printed manuals.
- Each submission must be one self-contained program. It must not
rely on the presence of external data files nor may it create such files.
- Submissions must adhere to language international
standards. Libraries such as STL for C++ or standard Java packages are
Conduct of the Contest
- All team members must attend all contest activites as specified
by the Contest Director. Failure to attend any of the designated
Contest events will result in automatic disqualification and
forfeiture of any prizes and final berths.
- At least nine problems will be posed. As far as possible,
problems will avoid dependence on detailed knowledge of a particular
area of application or a particular contest language.
- Problems will be posed in English. During the contest, all
communications with contest officials must be in English. Contestants
may bring dictionaries or electronic pocket translators.
- Contestants may bring resource materials such as books, manuals
and program listings. Contestants may not bring any machine-readable
versions of software or data. Contestants may not bring their own
computers, computer terminals or calculators. Contestants may not
bring any kind of communication device such as radio sets, cellular
phones or pagers.
- Solutions to problems submitted for judging are called
runs. Each run is judged as accepted or rejected, and the team is
notified of the result. Rejected runs will be marked as either
"compile time error" or "run-time error" or "time-limit exceeded" or
"wrong answer" or "presentation error" or "contest rule violation".
- Notification of accepted runs can be suspended at the
appropriate time to keep 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.
- A contestant may submit a claim of ambiguity or error in a
problem statement by submitting a clarification request. If the Judges
agree that an ambiguity or an error exists, a clarification will be
issued to all contestants by the Chief Judge.
- Contestants are not to converse with anyone except members of
their team and personnel designated by the Regional Contest Director
(e.g. system support staff). Any conversation between contestants
(whether they are from the same or different universities) and the
Faculty Advisor or the team Coach (if he is not a contestant himself)
is strictly forbidden and is considered as rule violation.
- System support staff may advise contestants on system-related
problems such as explaining system error messages.
- The contest will be held in a networked environment. The network
may only be used to submit problems and to produce a listing in ways
designated by the Chief Judge and system support staff. Remote login,
ftp, telnet, mail or other networking activities within the contest
environment or with machines outside this environment are strictly
forbidden. Every contestant who discovers a security leak must report
this leak immediately to a system support staff member.
- While the contest is scheduled to last exactly five hours, the
Regional Contest Director has the authority to lengthen the contest in
the event of unforeseen difficulties. Should the Contest duration be
altered, every attempt will be made to notify contestants in a timely
and uniform manner.
- A team may be disqualified by the Regional Contest Director for
any activity that jeopardises the regional contest such as dislodging
extension cords, unauthorised modification of contest material (soft-
or hardware), forbidden network activity, or distractive
behaviour. The disqualification may occur immediately upon detection
or up to 72 hours after the end of the Contest.
- The Southwestern European Regional Contest Director is solely responsible
for ruling on unforeseen situations and interpreting this rules.
Scoring of the Contest
- The Regional Contest Judges are solely responsible for
determining the correctness of submitted runs. In consultation with
the judges, the Regional Contest Chief Judge is responsible for
determining the winners of the regional contest. The judging staff is
empowered to adjust for or adjudicate unforeseen events and
conditions. Their decisions are final and may not be appealed.
- Teams are ranked according to the most problems solved. Teams
who solve the same number of problems are ranked by least total
time. The total time is the sum of the time consumed for each problem
solved. The time consumed for a solved problem is the time elapsed
from the beginning of the contest to the submittal of the accepted run
plus 20 minutes for each rejected run. There is no time consumed for a
problem that is not solved.
- The Southwestern European Region is granted one initial berth in
the Contest Finals. The team on the first rank can advance to the
finals. If that team can not or does not want to participate in the
Contest Finals, the next team on the ranking list is given the berth.
- Should the overall Contest Director award a second berth in the
Contest Finals to the Southwestern European Region, the best two teams
can advance to the finals. They must represent different educational
- Only rules violations and misconduct by teams may be
appealed. Only coaches may file an appeal. The decision of judges in
accepting or rejecting submissions are final - they are not grounds
for appeal. No appeal will result in additional World Finals
- Within one business day of the completion of the regional
contest, a coach may file an appeal to the Regional Contest Director
(RCD). Within one business day, the RCD will rule upon the appeal,
notifying the coach and the Director of Regional Contests (DRC) of the
- Within one business day, after the RCD rulling, the coach may
appeal the decision to the DRC. Within 5 business days, the DRC will
investigate and make a recommendation to the ICPC Steering Committee
(SC) who may, by a 2/3 vote, uphold the appeal. Within one business
day, the coach and the RCD will be notified of the final decision.