SWERC 2018 Results

SWERC 2018 is over and we are happy to announce that our teams achieved amazing results. The first team RaclETH (Timon Knigge, Václav Rozhoň and Stefanie Zbinden) has ranked on the second place, winning a gold medal, and will thus be able to represent ETH at the ACM-ICPC World Finals 2019 in Porto, Portugal. The second team RockETH (Petru Eric Stavarache, Ari Jordan and Louis Abraham) also did well and placed eleventh, earning a bronze medal. This makes this year’s results for ETH identical to the last year’s ones. In total, 89 teams from South-Western Europe participated. Please checkout the full results and a collection of photos and videos.

Team RaclETH
Team RaclETH
Team RockETH
Team RockETH

Swiss Subregional Contest 2018 Results

The Swiss Subregional Contest 2018 jointly organized by ETH and EPFL was a great success with 50 students participating at ETH Zurich.

The winners at ETH Zurich:

Team 1:
1. Timon Knigge
2. Václav Rozhoň
3. Stefanie Zbinden

Team 2:
4. Petru Eric Stavarache
5. Ari Jordan
6. Louis Abraham


The full results are available here.

ACM-ICPC Swiss Subregional Contest (ETH & EPFL)


The ACM-ICPC Swiss Subregional Contest will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

The competition is individual (no teams) and held according to the usual ACM format: 5 hours, 5 to 12 problems, allowed languages: C, C++, Java. Two teams will be formed from the best eligible participants (enrolled at ETH and meeting the eligibility requirements).

The first three eligible participants will form the first ETH team in the Regional Contest. The second ETH team will be formed from the next three eligible participants who are also eligible and willing to compete for ETH next year. In case a participant selected according to this rule solved less than three problems, the committee reserves the right to select another person instead.

Those teams will represent ETH at the Southwestern Europe Regional Contest in Paris, France, held on December 1st and 2nd. Similar to last years, we are delighted to hold the contest together with EPFL in Lausanne (PolyProg, note that the contest is joint, but SWERC teams are not).

Schedule of Local contest: 13 October 2018

  • 11:00 Meeting in the VIS Bureau (CAB E 31), breakfast, late registration.
  • 11:20 Short presentation by DeepCode/SRI.
  • 11:45 Briefing, last questions, seat allocation.
  • 12:00 Dry Run.
  • 12:30 Contest starts (CAB H56/H57).
  • 17:30 Contest ends.
  • 17:40 Announcement of results & apéro.

Please register for the contest here: http://go.epfl.ch/ssc2018.

Should I show up? Why not? In particular, consider coming if any of the following holds:

  • You have any sort of interest and/or experience in competitive programming
  • You are curious after the first weeks of Algolab or Algorithms and Datastructures.
  • You like mathematical puzzles and don’t mind implementing solutions in C++/Java.
  • You simply suspect that this sort of competition might be fun.

There are no prerequisites except for basic C++/Java (in particular basic I/O and STL in case of C++). Before the contest we will introduce the rules and the system to the newcomers.

Rules: The local contest is a “closed-book” competition. No materials are allowed, i.e., no books, cheat sheets, Internet etc. You are not allowed to bring your own keyboard either. The language references for C, C++ and Java will be available. For the detailed rules, consult “Contest Rules“. You may also wish to take a look at the team manual for the judging system.

Lastly, note that you need access to the CAB Building. All CS students should be able to access the building with their Legis. You can request an access code here: https://www.bi.id.ethz.ch/eAdressen/
If you are not a CS student and cannot access the building, please contact us at acm_at_vis_dot_ethz_dot_ch, so that we can open the door.

If you have any questions regarding the contest, please do not
hesitate to ask: acm_at_vis_dot_ethz_dot_ch

Best of luck at the contest!

ACM-ICPC World Finals 2018

On April 19th, the ACM-ICPC World Finals 2018 took place in Beijing, China. ETH Zurich was represented by Daniel Rutschmann, Simon Meinhard, and Fabian Lyck, who first qualified at the ETH Zurich Local Selection Contest and then at the Southwestern Europe Regional Contest in Paris, France. The team was accompanied by the coach Kieran Nirkko.

There were 11 problems to solve within 5 hours. The scoreboard had been frozen after 4 hours of contest to raise the tension among the participants. Finally after revealing the results from the last hour, our team made it to the 29th place out of 140 teams.


ETH Zurich Team with Simon Meinhard, Daniel Rutschmann, and Fabian Lyck (left to right) at ACM-ICPC World Finals 2018 in Beijing.

Helvetic Coding Contest

HC2 is Switzerland’s biggest programming contest, held at EPFL in Lausanne. It will be held on Saturday, March 17th, at EPFL in Lausanne. Similar to the ACM-ICPC, participation is in teams of up to three programmers sharing one computer.

The ACM VIS will cover the participation fees and reimburse the train ticket to Lausanne for all VIS members (up to halb-tax, and max 75 CHF, but we encourage you to buy a day pass e.g. from your commune if possible): when registering simply indicate “VIS” as your affiliation and use this form to claim your travel expenses. Please submit the form until April 23th at the latest. You can then obtain the reimbursement amount at the VIS office starting from May 7th.

If your team consists of at least 50% of VIS members, the participation fees for the whole team will be covered: the non-VIS member should select “VIS” as his affiliation.

For more information and to register, consult the official website: http://hc2.ch/.
Please direct your questions to: info@hc2.ch.

SWERC 2017 Results

SWERC 2017 is over and the results were great for ETH. The first team rETHink togETHer (Daniel Rutschmann, Simon Meinhard and Fabian Lyck) closely missed out on first place, winning a gold medal (distribution is 2 gold, 4 silver, 8 bronze), and will thus be able to represent the ETH at the ACM-ICPC World Finals 2018 in Beijing, China. The second team 2slO(w) (Mislav Balunovic, Ian Boschung and Benjamin Schmid) also did well and placed eleventh, earning a bronze medal. In total, 76 teams from South-Western Europe participated, full results and problems can be found at swerc.eu.

Training Week

We will again hold a training week, 18. – 23. October. The department of Computer Science could again invite World Finals Winner from the St. Petersburg University of IT, Mechanics and Optics (Russia).

This opportunity is open to all students!

This training will start each day @ 09.00. The programme consists mainly of a contest (~5h) and a subsequent discussion, as it was the last times.

Please bring your laptop, as you will code on your machines and we will not be in the student computer rooms.

Here are the rooms:

Mo., 18.10.10, HG F 33.1

Di., 19.10.10, LFW E 15

Mi., 20.10.10, HG E 23

Do., 21.10.10, HG E 23

Fr., 22.10.10, LFW E 15

Sa., 23.10.10, HG E 33.1

In case you don’t know where there rooms are, consult Info

If you intend to attend the trainings, please send an e-mail to acm@vis.ethz.ch, so that we can estimate the number of students.

ETH ACM Local Contest 09.10.2010

The ETH ACM Local Contest took place last Saturday. 17 students participated in the contest.

It was a neck-and-neck race. Congratulations to all the winners:

Vladimir Serbinenko (6 problems), Rajko Nenadov (5 problems), Stephan Kollmann (5 problems), Khaled Hafez (4 problems), Adrian Roos (4 problems) and Josef Ziegler (4 problems).

Many thanks to our sponsor Quatico Solutions AG.

2nd training contest 2010

The second training contest will take place this Saturday, 02.10.2010.
We meet again in the “VIS-Büro” (CAB E 31) @ 09:30.

If you cannot enter the CAB, please write an e-mail to acm@vis.ethz.ch.

Erstes Probetraining

Das erste Probetraining findet diesen Samstag, den 25. September 2010 statt.
Treffpunkt ist das VIS-Büro (CAB E 31) um 09:30.

Falls du nicht ins CAB reinkommst (Legi nicht freigeschaltet oder so) bitte E-mail an acm@vis.ethz.ch.