Dear recent coaches!

Welcome to another year of ACM's International Collegiate Programming Contests! We in Lincoln, Nebraska are looking forward to another great event! The event will be Saturday, October 28, 2017 starting at 11:00 a.m. (registration starting at 8:00 a.m. and brunch will be served at 10:00 a.m.). As usual the top teams in the region advance to the World Finals in Beijing, China on April 15-20, 2018 (https://icpc.baylor.edu/).

As usual we we will provide souvenirs such that returning teams will have something different to go back home with. And of course there will be the regular hotel rooms for teams coming from a distance, morning brunch, and site awards at the closing dinner reception.

Registration opens September 25, 2017 for the regional contest. Registration ends on October 15, 2017 but please try to register as soon as possible to assist us in planning for the event. Please try to get your teams in as early as possible, or at least get the team names in, even if contestants have not yet been selected. Go to http://icpc.baylor.edu for the main registration site, and indicate that you want to come to the UNL/Lincoln site for the contest.

**Note** As in past years, we will try to ensure that we can support at least 3 teams from each school, then add more up to our capacity (this year 35 teams) once we determine that all interested schools have responded. Very importantly, **PLEASE** register all your locally participating teams into the system because total numbers are considered when selecting the number of teams to advance to the Finals! Just let me know which teams (in descending rank) you hope to have us accept at our Lincoln, Nebraska site. Please visit http://ncna-region.unl.edu for information for our region, and http://acm.unl.edu/ for information related to our UNL site.

Our labs have been prepared with a variety of IDE's along with Windows 10 and SuSE Linux. The following IDEs are available under Windows 10 this year:

* Jgrasp 2.0.3_05,
* Codeblocks 16.01,
* Visual Studio 2017,
* Eclipse build 4.6.3 with Java, and C++ plugins
* gvim and Notepad++
* Python 3.6.1 (2.7 available as a part of Anaconda)

The following IDE's are available under SuSE Linux:

* Jgrasp 2.0.1_05
* Eclipse 4.5.0 for Java EE IDE for Web Developers.
* vim and emacs are standard under linux.
* anjunta

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. Looking forward to having you all here for the contest!

Justin Bradley, Chair ACM PC at UNL

 

About UNL and the CSE Department

There are many exciting developments in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Founded in 1968, the Department is initiating multi-million dollar research projects in bioinformatics, software engineering, geospatial information systems, and secure distributed systems. CSE also has special interests in geoinformatics, enterprise and e-commerce systems, middleware, high-level synthesis, design verification, computer and information security, and high-performance modeling.

The CSE Department offers both computer science and computer engineering programs leading to BS, MS, and PhD degrees with about 430 undergraduate majors and 150 graduate students. UNL is Nebraska's comprehensive research university with Carnegie I standing and membership in the elite Association of American Universities.

The Kauffman Center, completed in 2001 is a living and learning facility (on the model of British colleges) for the new Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, and features state-of-the-art instructional and laboratory facilities. In addition to this beautiful facility, the CSE Department now calls Avery Hall home. The newly renovated building offers an academic elegance like no other. Faculty, staff, and students alike are excited about the learning environment it provides.

The Department has excellent computing and networking facilities to support teaching and research (see CSE for details). As a member of the Internet~2 consortium, UNL provides access to high performance networking. In addition, UNL's Holland Computing Center offers parallel-processing opportunities, and houses PriaireFire, the center's first supercomputer, and "Red", a new supercomputer being used to analyze data for the CMS particle physics experiment at Cern in Switzerland.

The University's attractive 556-acre main campus is located adjacent to Lincoln's downtown business and entertainment center. The nearby University of Nebraska Technology Park, which houses the Technology Development Center and the Center for Excellence in Electronics, facilitates commercial activities related to faculty research. Lincoln has abundant recreational facilities, including many lakes, parks, and bike trails, and a variety of cultural resources, including the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, and the Mary Riepma Ross Film Theatre.

 

About the ACM contest

Each fall for the past 30+ years, the various ACM regions worldwide hold programming contests. The top teams of these contests advance to the World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.

The ACM North Central Region includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Ontario, Manitoba, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Each team of 3 students is presented with several (typically eight to ten) logically and mathematically challenging problems at the start of the contest. They attempt to write programs that correctly solve the problems. The team with the most solutions wins, with total times consumed per solution used to break ties. Languages permitted are C, C++, Python, and Java.

Come to Lincoln and experience the excitement of the regional level of an international programming contest. Visit our beautiful campus and enjoy a tour of our state-of-the-art research and instructional facilities at the CSE Department and Kauffman Center. Talk to UNL students and professors and enjoy the camaraderie with our other guests.