Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) is the most prestigious world-scale programming competition held by and for university students worldwide.
On 16-18 November 2018, ACM-ICPC 2018 Nakhon Pathom Asia Regional Contest was conducted by the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology of Mahidol University. A total of 69 teams of three students each coming from Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, China and Taiwan competed, aiming to win one of the five available awards.
The first day of ACM-ICPC 2018 Nakhon Pathom started with an initial registration, uniform t-shirt handing and team photo session. Students were then gathered in the Grand Auditorium to attend the opening ceremony: greetings from ACM-ICPC organizers, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom government and the introduction to ACM-ICPC rules and technical information, followed with a complimentary lunch and a “cheat sheet” inspection. At the end of the day, the teams were given an opportunity to practice for the contest during a practice session.
The contest itself was held on the second day. Contestants were given five hours to try solving 12 complex programming problems. All problems were related to processing inputs and printing the appropriate outputs, based on a case study. Each problem has its own compilation time limit, so, not only correctness was necessary, but participants had also to implement efficient algorithms in order to get correct answers.
KMITL sent five teams to the contest, including two teams of five Software Engineering students and one Computer Innovation Engineering student from the International College. The first team, “Somphong” team, consists of Tharita Tipdecho (SE year 3), Damian Satya Wibowo (SE year 4) and Punn Ouilapan (SE year 3); while the other team, “CISE” team, includes Warakorn Jetlohasiri (SE year 3), Yinzhen Wu (SE year 2) and Phison Khankhaeng, (CIE year 3).
The whole event was closed by the closing ceremony and awards celebration. National University of Singapore’s Pandamiao team received “The Winner Award”, followed by Quasar team from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Send Bobs to Alice from National University of Singapore who won “The 1st Runner-up Award” and “The 2nd Runner-up Award”, consecutively. Two teams received “Honorable Mention”, who are: Iite from National Taiwan University and Ducimus from Bina Nusantara University.