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Regulations of the International Olympiad in Artificial Intelligence (IOAI)

Introduction

This document contains the regulations of the International Olympiad in Artificial Intelligence (IOAI). The name of the organisation in each language shall be agreed by countries where that language is spoken officially. 

What is the IOAI?

The IOAI is an annual international competition (an Olympiad) for pre-university students in solving problems in the field of AI. Problems can be related to all branches of AI, including, but not limited to Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Computer Vision. The list of the branches are subject to change as AI technology develops and its applications expand.

Aims of the IOAI

The IOL pursues the following aims:

  • To identify and nurture talented AI students. The IOAI provides a platform for talented students from around the world to showcase their AI skills and to compete against each other. The competition would also help to identify and nurture students with a passion for AI, and to encourage them to pursue careers in this rapidly growing field.
  • To challenge students to think critically about AI and to apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems. The IOAI would provide students with the opportunity to work on challenging AI problems and to develop creative and innovative solutions. The competition would also help to develop students’ critical thinking skills and their ability to apply their knowledge of AI to real-world problems.
  • To promote interest in AI and to encourage students to pursue careers in the field. The IOAI would help to raise awareness of AI and to inspire students to pursue careers in this field. The competition would also provide students with the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of AI and to network with other talented students who are interested in AI.
  • To ensure that AI is developed and used responsibly. AI is a powerful technology that has the potential to be used for good or for bad. It is important to ensure that AI is developed and used in a responsible and ethical manner. The IOAI can help to achieve this goal by educating students about the potential benefits and risks of AI, and by encouraging them to develop AI solutions that are aligned with the values of society.
  • To promote diversity and inclusion in the field of AI. The IOAI can help to promote diversity and inclusion in the field by providing a platform for students from all backgrounds to participate. This will help to ensure that AI is developed and used to benefit everyone in society.
  • To prepare students for the future of work. AI is transforming the workplace, and it is important for students to be prepared for this transformation. The IOAI can help students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the AI-powered workplace of the future.

Code of Conduct

  • Respect: All individuals involved are expected to show respect and consideration, creating a welcoming environment that celebrates diversity and fosters mutual understanding.
  • Integrity: Participants must engage in fair play, avoid deception, and maintain the spirit of honest competition. All work and communications should be original and properly attributed.
  • Collaboration: While aiming to excel individually, participants are encouraged to support each other’s learning, valuing teamwork and the exchange of ideas as part of the educational experience.
  • Confidentiality: Sensitive information, especially regarding problem sets and solutions, must be safeguarded to ensure the integrity of the competition.
  • Professionalism: Interactions should be characterized by formality and decorum, reflecting the serious nature of the academic pursuit and respect for fellow competitors and officials.
  • Safety and Welfare: The IOAI is committed to providing a secure environment. Any behavior that endangers the emotional or physical well-being of participants is strictly prohibited.
  • Compliance with Rules: Understanding and adhering to the official rules are obligatory. This includes guidelines for the competition structure, submission deadlines, and conduct during events.
  • Reporting Misconduct: Transparency is crucial. Any unethical behavior or rule violations observed should be promptly reported to ensure fairness and accountability.
  • Enforcement: The IOAI will enforce this code rigorously. Infractions can lead to sanctions, including but not limited to disqualification and barring from future participation.

 

Bodies of IOAI

LERAI Foundation

LERAI foundation is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, acting as the main organizer of the IOAI and the owner of the Olympiad.

LERAI foundation is registered in Sofia, Bulgaria.

International Olympiad in Artificial Intelligence, IOAI, and the Logo of the Olympiad are trademarks of LERAI Foundation.

LERAI Foundation founded the IOAI in 2024. The five members of LERAI Foundation are referred as “The Founders” further on in this document and other documents and web presence of the IOAI.

IOAI Board

The IOAI Board (or ‘the Board’) consists of elected and non-elected members.

  • Elected Members

The IOAI board consists of 7 elected members:

  • President of the IOAI
  • Chair of the Board
  • Secretary
  • Funding chair
  • PR chair
  • Scientific Committee Chair
  • Scientific Committee Liaison
  • Election and Terms of Service

The elected members serve the IOAI board for 5 Olympiads (5 years if the IOAI is held annually) terms. 

They are elected by the annual meeting of the General Assembly with simple majority every 5 meetings on site during the IOAI.

The founders of the IOAI are considered automatically elected in the first two terms. 

The IOAI board members can be elected one by one or all together, decided during the meeting of the General Assembly.

When an elected Board member expresses a desire to withdraw or is unable to continue serving the Board (force majeure, illness, death, etc) their position is voted on at the next General Assembly Meeting. Their term ends when the standard term of the Board ends.

The Board can vote to exclude a member during their meetings. Such a suggestion can be suggested by any of the Board members. An exclusion is valid if voted by at least 75% of the attending members.

  • Non-elected members

The non-elected members are:

  • Local organisers of the previous two Olympiads *
  • Local organisers of the next two Olympiads *
  • 2 representatives of the Scientific Committee, appointed by and selected internally in the committee. **

Posts marked * are appointed by the Board and will serve until such time as their successor is appointed.

Posts marked ** are appointed by the Scientific Committee (Scientific Committee chair or Liaison) and will serve for one year. The same persons can be appointed multiple years, and there are no limitations on how many consecutive years a person can be appointed.

  • Meetings

The International Board shall meet online at least once between Olympiads. 

The Board shall also meet at the Olympiad, to prepare the agenda for the meeting of the International Organising Committee.

Every Board member can request a meeting by sending written explanation by email to all Board members.  If more than 30% of Board members vote and agree to have a meeting, the meeting shall be held as soon as possible.

Any Board member unable to attend a meeting in person or online may request a proxy who, once approved by the meeting, shall have full voting rights.

  • Voting

All decisions, if not stated otherwise in this document, are taken with a simple majority (<51%) votes. All elected members have two votes per member, all non-elected – 1 per member.

General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) consists of the Team Leaders of accredited countries, the members of the Board and members of the International Jury. At a convenient time during the Olympiad, they will hold an annual meeting to discuss any matters concerning the IOL, including appointment and/or (re-)election of Board members. 

  • Meeting

This meeting is led by the Secretary of the Board or their delegate once at a convenient time during the AIOA.

  • Voting

Each accredited country Team Leader has one vote, each Board member has two votes, each founder has three votes. 

Jury members may be present at meetings but do not hold voting rights unless specifically granted. 

Other attendees may also be invited to speak at the meeting but, like the International Jury, they do not have voting rights unless an invitation to vote is extended to them.

Decisions are made based on a simple majority (more than 50% of the votes).

Local Organizing Committee

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) is the body responsible for organizing an Olympiad.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is the entity charged with the planning and execution of an Olympiad, typically comprising representatives from the host country. The LOC selects a Chair, who is required to have prior experience in organizing competitions for secondary school students at a national or international level.

The responsibilities of the LOC include:

  • Establishing and updating a website dedicated to information about the Olympiad.
  • Designating an individual responsible for uploading information to the IOAI’s general website.
  • Relaying any accreditation applications to the Board.
  • Processing registrations from National Organizers and collecting precise details about the travel plans of the delegations.
  • Providing support to Team Leaders in arranging their travel by issuing official invitations and offering information about the venue and timetable as needed.
  • Coordinating with the Problem Committee to inform them of the number of participating teams.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has extensive responsibilities for the in-country management of the Olympiad, which encompasses:

  • Proposing an apt venue for the Olympiad within the host country to the founders.
  • Orchestrating the social and cultural agenda associated with the event.
  • Generating funds or making arrangements to cover various costs related to the Olympiad, such as:
  1. Providing accommodation and full board for the four contestants and one team leader from each participating accredited country, as well as for the Jury, throughout the Olympiad.
  2. Funding the travel expenses of International Jury members to the Olympiad site, including any visa fees that may be required.
  3. Ensuring participation in the social and cultural events for the individuals mentioned.
  4. Securing volunteers to assist with the event.
  5. Covering other technical costs, including the infrastructure, cloud and computing power with or without an engineering team.
  6. Renting halls for the opening, briefings, contests, discussions, awards ceremony, and closing events.
  7. Finding a congenial space for participants to socialize during their free time.
  8. Reserving meeting rooms for the General Assembly, the Board if needed, and the Jury.
  9. Providing refreshments during the practical round of the competition.
  10. Procuring medals, prizes, diplomas, and certificates for participants.
  11. Enlisting volunteers to help during the contests.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee of the IOAI is composed of scientists active in the field of artificial intelligence, educators, and other individuals with a vested interest in AI. This committee operates autonomously, setting its own regulations regarding the induction of new members, scheduling meetings, and methodologies for evaluating problems, among other activities.

Each member of the Scientific Committee pledges the following upon their involvement:

  • To maintain the strictest confidentiality regarding all problem-related information prior to the IOAI contests.
  • To safeguard all materials related to the problems in highly secure environments and on devices that are protected from access by individuals not on the Scientific Committee.
  • Actively contribute to the development and review of problems to ensure they are fair, unbiased, and appropriately challenging for the level of the competitors.
  • Engage in regular updates and training to stay current with the latest advancements and ethical standards in the field of AI, thereby ensuring that the committee’s work reflects the forefront of the discipline.

Scientific Committee appoints the International Jury to attend the IOAI. The number of jury members is agreed with the LOC and is based on the number of participating teams. The minimum number is 5 jury members.

Participation in the IOAI

Definition of Countries

A country is a politically organized territory with a sovereign government, usually recognized by most of the other sovereign countries and/or some international organizations such as United Nations, etc.

Under some circumstances, more entities (“territories”) from the same country may apply to the Board to be permitted to participate separately to the IOAI. 

Here are examples of the conditions under which such a request may be considered, but the final decision is made by the Board:

  • The different territories are recognised as separate “countries” by other acknowledged bodies, including those for other competitions (e.g., educational or sporting).
  • The different territories have separate and independent governments or education systems

A territory seeking to be accepted as a separate entity should also seek independent accreditation.  

Accreditation

  • General rules

Countries or territories interested in participating for the first time must secure accreditation from the Board. The Board provides specific details upon request, but key guidelines include the following:

  • The competitions used to select teams must be nationally or territorially inclusive, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to participate.
  • No institution or individual should charge payments or fees with the intent to profit during any stage of the selection process. Collection of nominal fees is permissible only if they are strictly to offset expenses related to accommodation, travel, and the actual costs of the competitions.
  • Accreditation process

Organizations or entities seeking accreditation must reach out to the Board exclusively through the contact form available on the IOAI website. This form must clearly identify the organization or body (National Organizer) accountable for the accreditation process and provide the details of at least two contact persons, including their email addresses and phone numbers equipped with WhatsApp.

The Board will send back a questionnaire within one month

National Organizers are required to submit the completed questionnaire within a one-month timeframe. Throughout this period, a representative from the Board will be designated to address any inquiries the National Organizers might have.

National Organizers can expect to receive a response from the Board within one month. The response will fall into one of three categories:

  • Accreditation approved,
  • Accreditation granted with the requirement of minor modifications,
  • Accreditation denied.

In cases where accreditation is either conditional or denied, the Board is obligated to furnish a detailed explanation for their decision to the National Organizers.

The Board reserves the right to review the accreditation status of a country at any given time. Should any inconsistencies in the selection process be discovered, or if there are deviations from the information initially provided for accreditation, the Board may withdraw accreditation. A country or territory that has had its accreditation revoked has the opportunity to reapply and initiate the accreditation procedure anew.

When the Board receives multiple accreditation requests from the same country or territory, or if a new request comes in from an area that is already accredited, the Board will facilitate communication between the various organizations or entities involved. These groups will be encouraged to collaborate and submit a single, joint request for accreditation. If such cooperation does not materialize within two months, both applications will be denied.

  • Participation of non-accredited countries

In alignment with our objective to facilitate educational opportunities in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for high school students globally, the Board may permit participation from non-accredited countries in the IOAI under certain circumstances. These conditions include but may not be limited to:

  • A comprehensive rationale for the inability of the country or territory to seek accreditation.
  • A well-defined plan or strategy outlining the steps the country or territory will undertake to achieve accreditation within the next two years.
  • Engagement in an online dialogue with Board members to discuss the aforementioned aspects and address any additional queries that may emerge.

It is important to note that the allowance for non-accredited countries to participate is restricted to a maximum of two consecutive years for each applying institution.

  • Board’s visits

In certain situations, the Board may decide that a visit by two of its members to the applicant organization is necessary. This step is considered in order to address conflicts, offer guidance, and assist the country or territory in achieving accreditation. Such instances include, but are not limited to:

  • Persisting discrepancies with the provided guidelines.
  • Inadequate clarity or absence of required information.
  • Numerous indications that the selection process is not operating as outlined in the application questionnaire.
  • Multiple signs that students are being charged substantial fees to participate in the selection process or to attend the IOAI.
  • Accreditation fees

The initial accreditation process is provided at no cost. 

However, the LERAI Foundation reserves the right to impose fees in the following scenarios:

  • When a new application is submitted after the Board has previously revoked the accreditation of a country or territory.
  • If a visit from Board members is deemed necessary, as detailed in the relevant section.

Teams

Each accredited country or territory is entitled to send one or more teams to represent them in IOAI.

Each team consists of up to four contestants and a team leader.

  • First Teams

Accommodation, and full board for the duration of the Olympiad, as well as transfers from and to the entry point of the hosting country, participation in the social and cultural programme, is covered by the host. 

A participation fee may be collected by LERAI Foundation. This fee cannot exceed the amount, needed to cover these costs plus a share to the costs for organizing the IOAI (jury travel, jury and volunteers’ accommodation, prizes, facilities, etc). 

  • Second Teams

A second team may participate at their own expense if the local arrangements allow it, at the discretion of the Board and Local Organising Committee. The participation fee for second team may be higher and may include a share to non-essential improvements in the organization of the IOAI (more lectures, additional or more expensive cultural and social program, better services, etc.).

Types of Attendees

Contestants

The contestants must be less than 20 years old on the first day of the competition and must have been pre-university students, students in an affiliated school in another country or registered as home educated no more than 1 year before the same date.

Citizens living in another country may be eligible for inclusion in the team, at the discretion of the National Organisers. 

Contestants should be selected based on participation in a country-wide contests in informatics, mathematics, linguistics, or a related field held by a recognised national organisation, open to any resident of the country obtaining their education in the country. 

Contestants may be selected based on a multinational competition, but in this case each contestant must indicate beforehand for which country they compete.

Team Leaders

Each team (both first and second separately) must be accompanied by a team leader – a legal adult (in both the team’s country and the host country) at the first day of the start of the Olympiad.

The team leader should have a certificate in English corresponding to B2 or should be able to freely communicate in English at least to the same level.

The duties of Team Leaders include:

  • representing their Country at the General Assembly meeting held during the Olympiad
  • helping the invigilators before and during each contest (the exact duties are set up by the LOC)
  • functioning as invigilators during the Practical Round, if necessary
  • assisting the Jury if need arises
  • taking care of their students’ well-being and good behaviour throughout their entire journey and acting as mediators between them and the organisers and other teams during the Olympiad.

Team Leaders must not have taken part in the work of the Scientific Committee for this Olympiad as members or experts, nor may they be on the Jury. 

International Jury

Members of the International Jury are selected from among the members of the Scientific Committee and affiliated experts. Members of the Jury who have not served on the Problem Committee should familiarise themselves with the problems as early as possible, and likewise keep them secret.

It is the duty of the Jury to:

  • explain the rules of the contests to the students and their leaders during a briefing before each round or one briefing before the first round
  • answer any questions that contestants may have on the statements of the problems during the two rounds
  • mark the solutions after each round 
  • produce a sorted list of scores, based on which medals and cups are awarded,
  • nominate recipients of prizes and other special awards
  • arrange a discussion of the problems and their solutions after the contests.

The work of the Jury is directed by a Chair. 

The number of Jury members appointed shall be determined by the Chair of the Jury in consultation with the Local Organizer and subject to the approval of the Board.

Additional Attendees

Additional (non-competing) participants, as well as deputy leaders, coaches, observers, and accompanying persons, may be received, if the local arrangements allow it, at the discretion of the Local Organising Committee. The costs for their participation are covered by themselves or the countries’ organizations they represent. The fee for their participation should cover all items, except taking part in the contests.

Local Guests

LOC may invite local guests (officials, journalists, etc) at their own decision. These guests are not considered as participants and may attend some or all parts of the Olympiad, without these costs being covered by the first teams’ fees.

Hosting the IOAI

Applying for a future host

When submitting an application to host the Olympiad, the applying organization must confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, there are no constraints within their country or territory—political, social, military, or health-related—that would impede the hosting of an international event at the time of the application.

Application process

Initial application

To commence the process, organizations must first submit an initial application to host the IOAI, which can be presented in a free format to the Board. This application must at the very least include the following details:

  • Proposed dates for the IOAI, offering more than one option if feasible.
  • Information about all the planned venues, encompassing accommodation, halls for contests and ceremonies, and spaces for the Jury and the General Assembly meeting.
  • An outline of the cultural and social program.
  • Information on potential sponsors and supporters.
  • A statement of motivation, explaining the expected impact of the IOAI on the local community and in reverse.
  • The organization’s capacity to facilitate and manage additional events, such as summer schools, hackathons, conferences, etc.
  • Any additional information that the applying organization deems significant and pertinent to the application.

The Board commits to evaluating all received applications and providing a response to each applicant within a one-month timeframe. The nature of the response will be one of the following:

  • Accepting the application,
  • Requesting improvements to the application,
  • Rejecting the application.

For the latter two scenarios, the Board is responsible for supplying a comprehensive explanation regarding their decision and offering specific recommendations for enhancing the application.

Review of the initial application

If the Board approves the initial application, the following steps are undertaken:

  • The Board sends a detailed questionnaire to the applying organization within a one-month deadline.
  • The applying organization is required to complete the questionnaire within two months 
  • The applying organization must schedule an online meeting with the Board to go over their responses and further discuss the application details.

Following the meeting and the evaluation of the questionnaire responses, the Board will, within two weeks, inform the applying organization of their decision — whether they continue to express interest or not — through a formal written communication.

Onsite visit

If the Board is inclined to pursue the application, the applying organization is tasked with arranging an on-site visit for 2 or 3 Board members. This visit should last between 3 to 5 days, during which time the applicants must:

  • Showcase the proposed venues for the IOAI.
  • Arrange meetings between the Board members and the individuals who will be directly involved in organizing the event.
  • Arrange meetings between Board members and local officials who will participate in the IOAI.
  • Elaborate on the cultural and social program in depth.
  • Discuss the options to organize accompanying events.
  • If feasible, arrange meetings with potential sponsors.
  • Submit a preliminary financial proposal to the Board for review.

The expenses for this visit are to be shared between the applying organization and the LERAI foundation.

The team leader must have a common language with which to communicate with the local organisers. A request to send a second team must be made by a deadline stipulated by the Local Organising Committee, and accompanied by a deposit, which is refundable only if there is not enough room (but not if the country withdraws the request). 

Selection of the future hosts

Based on all the applications, the Board will select hosts for the upcoming years, based on the financial offers and the results of the onsite visits. The selected future hosts will be officially notified by the Board, which will also assign one of its members to assist the Organizing Organization in establishing a Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

Subsequently, a contract must be executed between the organizing organization and the LERAI Foundation. This contract should be signed as early as possible, but at a minimum, one year prior to the IOAI to which it pertains.

Participation fees

The LERAI Foundation is responsible for setting the participation fees for the IOAI. 

The fees include, but are not limited to:

  • First team of accredited countries
  • Second teams of accredited countries
  • Teams of non-accredited countries, if applicable
  • Observers
  • Single room supplement
  • Additional days onsite

Additional stipulations may influence the registration and payment process, which can include:

  • Specific deadlines for the registration to participate in the IOAI.
  • Set timelines for when the participation fees must be paid.
  • Considerations or conditions related to previous hosts of the IOAI.

These conditions are typically outlined by the LERAI Foundation or the organizing body to ensure a smooth preparation and execution of the event.

If there are accompanying events, their fees should be clearly separated from the fee for the IOAI, although they may be paid at once by some of the attendees.

These fees are determined based on a combination of factors, including:

  • The financial proposal submitted by the applicant hosting the event.
  • Global sponsorship secured at the time of the IOAI.
  • Local sponsors procured by the organizing committee.
  • Reserves within the LERAI Foundation, accrued from past IOAIs.
  • Planned budgets for upcoming IOAIs and their respective financial requirements.

The LERAI Foundation adheres to certain principles when calculating participation fees for the IOAI:

  • Non-profit event: The IOAI is organized on a volunteer basis and is not intended to be a profit-making event. Therefore, significant profits should not be generated from the fees paid by participating teams, particularly from the fees of the initial teams.
  • Equality in Diversity: Acknowledging that varying standards and costs of living across different countries can influence the expenses associated with hosting the IOAI. The LERAI Foundation endeavors to mitigate these discrepancies, although it is recognized that countries with higher living standards may find it easier to attract more sponsors, which could influence the financial dynamics of hosting the event.
  • Sustainability: Fees are set with a long-term perspective, ensuring the IOAI remains financially viable and sustainable over the years.
  • Accessibility: Fees are structured to promote inclusivity, allowing wide participation from countries with varying economic backgrounds.
  • Transparency: The methodology for fee calculation is communicated clearly to everyone to maintain trust and clarity.
  • Cost-Efficiency: Efforts are made to minimize unnecessary expenditures, ensuring that the fees reflect the actual cost of hosting and organizing the IOAI.
  • Continuity: A portion of the fees may be allocated to a reserve fund to support future IOAIs, aiding in the continuity and stability of the event.
  • Encouragement of Local Support: The fee structure is designed to encourage host countries to seek local sponsors, thereby reducing the financial burden on participants.
  • Fair Allocation: The foundation aims for a fair allocation of fees among participants, reflecting the principle that the IOAI should not be cost-prohibitive for any potential participant.

Time and Schedule

The Olympiad is held annually, traditionally in July, August or September. 

The usual duration is 7 or 8 days (6 or 7 nights onsite), and the schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1 – Arrivals
  • Day 2 – Opening Ceremony
  • Day 3 – Battles and social program
  • Day 4 – Battles and social program (optional)
  • Day 5 – Cultural program
  • Day 6 – Practical round and scientific program
  • Day 7 – Closing ceremony and social program
  • Day 8 – Departures

LOC may suggest a different schedule for the IOL they are going to host. These proposed changes must be submitted to the Board no later than nine months before the IOAI. Approval from the Board is mandatory for these modifications to be implemented.

Contests

The Olympiad includes a scientific round (called Shared Task) and a practical round.

Languages

All problems are given in English.

For the Scientific Round, it is allowed for the team leaders to translate the problem into however many languages the team members need.

All the battles are held in English. Team Leaders may assist their team in translating from/to English.

The problems of the Practical Round are given in English. They are also published online as a text. Teams are allowed to use any translating software they may find online (no paid subscriptions will be provided).

Scientific Round

  • Timeline

Technical guidance and limitations are published on the website of IOAI at least 3 months before the start of the Olympiad. Any specific instructions will be given together with the problems.

The problems are published on the website of the IOAI 4 to 6 weeks before the deadline for submission. During this time the teams must prepare and finalize their solutions.

The solutions of the problems must be submitted before the deadline, specified in the instructions. This deadline will correspond to the number of the teams, so that the Jury has enough time to test the solutions before the IOAI starts.

  • Battles

During the Olympiad the LOC organises battles – time-boxed onsite sessions during which a Reporter team presents their solution to a problem and defends it against challenges from an Opponent team and from individual observers (from the rest of the teams). 

The full set of participating teams is split into groups for this phase, with battles happening in parallel in each group. At the end of the phase, each team has played the role of Reporter at least once, and each team has played the role of Opponent at least once. The exact group assignment, role assignment and pairing of teams is determined by the LOC depending on what problems teams chose to submit solutions to.

Each battle follows a specific sequence of actions with allotted times. More details will be given with the problems and on site before the battles.

The Jury provides a brief assessment of both the Reporter’s and Opponent’s work. 

The Jury is free to assess the performance of the individual observers and award prizes. 

The Jury is free to ask the individual observers for their marks and can take them into consideration with a smaller coefficient than Jury’s marks.

Practical Round

The practical round takes place on site and has a duration of 2-4 hours. Teams work together on one computer with internet and no additional devices allowed. 
The aim of the Practical round is to show the teams the limitations of a working AI software and help them understand the most recent advantages and cutting-edge technologies used in AI.

Teams are given one or more problems, and each of them requires an answer to be submitted by the team before the end of the round.

The answers are evaluated by the Jury.

Awards

Team Awards

IOAI is a team contest, which means all members of a team receive the same medals.

In the Scientific Round, the distribution of gold, silver, and bronze medals should follow the ratio of approximately 1:2:3. The total medals given out will range from 40 – 50 % of the number of teams present. The exact count of medals will be based on score intervals, necessitating the Local Organizing Committee’s flexibility for last-minute adjustments. Any participant who scores above the average but does not earn a medal will be awarded an Honourable Mention.

In the Practical Round, up to a maximum of two gold, four silver and six bronze medals will be awarded, and, at the discretion of the Jury, any number of Honourable Mentions. 

It is also customary to award a prize for one or two best solutions of each problem of the Scientific Round and of the Practical Round. In this, too, adjustments may be made. 

The decisions of the Jury are final, and no appeal or challenge will be accepted. 

The results of contestants who are not awarded a medal or an Honourable Mention will not be made public.

Individual awards

Individual awards in the form of gold, silver and bronze medals are given based on the participation in the Battles.

The categories are as follows:

  • Opponent
  • Reporter
  • Active observer

All contestants shall receive a certificate of participation.