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1 Parents Weekend Presentation Arup Guha, EECS Lecturer and Programming Team Coach Special Thanks to Dr. Ali Orooji, the teams head coach who developed these slides UCFs Most Dominant Team Computer Programming Team

2 Organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and sponsored by IBM 2-Tiered process (Regional competitions followed by World Finals) numbers: 88 countries from 6 continents 1,800+ universities 7,000+ teams 100 teams advancing to ACM World Finals ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)

3 ACM ICPC History Local Contest held at Texas A&M by the UPE Computer Honor Society in Others liked the idea and soon, several contests appeared across the US. In 1977, the ACM hosted the first World Finals at their annual conference. Michigan State University won this inaugural event. Since 1989, the contest headquarters have been located at Baylor University.

4 Contest Organization Unofficial Tier: University competitions to pick the participants from the school. (Jun – Aug) o Run by team coaches Regional Contest (Sept – Dec) o Typically Teams o Run by local contest staff o Regional Winners get to go to World Finals o Depending on Region size, sometimes the 2 nd or 3 rd place teams may be invited to World Finals

5 Contest Organization – cont World Finals (Feb – Apr) o 100 teams invited o IBM Sponsorship started in 1997 Since then, participation has increased 746% o International Hosts 2009 Stockholm, Sweden 2008 Banff, Canada 2007 Tokyo, Japan 2006 San Antonio, USA 2005 Shanghai, China

6 ACM Programming Contest: World Finals Contest Growth

7 UCF Team Selection Individual Contest o Questions Created and Judged by Team Coaches o In 2009, 92 students tried out and 75 of them solved at least one question correctly. o The top two students solved 8 questions. Team Composition o Coaches meet to decide which students will work best together to give UCF the best chance to win o Five teams of three students are selected.

8 Current UCF Team Coaches Dr. Ali Orooji (Head coach since 1989) Glenn Martin (Former UCF team member) Jason Daly (World Finals 2001) Chris Gouge (World Finals ) Raymond Ho (World Finals ) Nadeem Mohsin (World Finals ) Stephen Fulwider (World Finals ) Ben Douglass (World Finals ) And, Yours Truly =)

9 ACM Programming Contest: UCFs EECS Team World Finals This is UCFs 27 straight year of ACM competition UCFs World Contest Final Records o Second Place o Fourth Place o Fifth Place o Seventh Place

10 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest The UCF team has finished in the top three for 27 straight years (every year it has participated) in the Southeast Region UCFs Southeast Regional Contest Results: o First Place – 13 times o Second Place – 8 times o Third Place – 6 times

11 UCFs EECS Team: Outstanding ACM Programming Contest Success Unmatched record of programming success against top programs competing in the Southeast region: o University of Florida o Florida State University o Georgia Tech o Auburn o Clemson o University of South Carolina o Mississippi State

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13 $400,000+ donation in Fall 2008 from a private donor, who is a EECS alumnus and top executive with the worlds premier online search and information company, with future funding likely $60,000+ gift of support from partner Walt Disney Co. and its Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for several years running $70,000+ donation from supporter Harris Corp. for several years running Support and Opportunities for UCFs EECS Programming Team

14 ACM Contest Format Three students per team One computer per team Typically 6-10 problems Five hours Team solving the most problems wins (penalty point system in case of ties)

15 Sample Team Tryout Questions Truth Tellers and Liars o Given a list of statements by people about whether or not other people are truth tellers or liars, determine whether each person is a truth teller, a liar, or could be either. Sun Walking o Given two locations on campus, as well as descriptions of where there is shade (approximated by circles) determine the least amount of walking that must be done in the sun to travel between the two locations

16 Sample Regional Contest Questions Series/Parallel Resistor Circuits o Given the description of a circuit with resistors in both series and parallel, determine if the circuit is well-formed, and if so, determine the effective resistance of the circuit. Blackjack – no win situation o Given the order of cards in a deck, determine whether or not it is possible for the player to beat the dealer.

17 Sample World Finals Questions Deer-Proof Fence o Given the locations of trees to protect from the deer, determine the minimum amount of fence to enclose all the trees so that each tree is at least a given margin away from the fence that encloses it. A Careful Approach o Given a list of up to eight planess landing time windows, determine the maximum gap that can be provided between any pair of landings.

18 Harris Corp. Engineering Center Home of the School of EECS

19 Acknowledgements A majority of the data in these slides was gathered from Dr. Ali Orooji, who is not only our team coach, but the North American Regional Contest Director. World Finals data was taken from: come.icpc come.icpc Contest Question were taken directly from the problem sets

20 T HANK YOU ! A NY QUESTIONS ? EECS. UCF. EDU


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