The 8th IPSJ International AI Programming Contest: SamurAI Coding 2019-20

Visual image of SamurAI Coding 2019-20


See here (GitHub) for all updates of the game software and the preliminary game rule document.

Important Notice (Feb 20)

Considering the situation where Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection is continuously spreading in Japan, SamurAI Coding Committee decided to cancel the offline World Final Event at the predetermined conference venue.

The committee appreciates your understanding of this matter.

Announcement on the Novel Coronavirus by IPSJ (in Japanese)
Cancellation of the onsite event of The 82nd National Conventinon of IPSJ (in Japanese)

Please contact to if there are any issues.

Important Dates


As the Internet industry, IoT and Artificial Intelligence technologies rapidly grow, there is an intensifying need for high quality engineers and programmers. Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) conducted the International AI programming Contest "SamurAI Coding" every year since 2012, aiming to cultivate the younger generation so they can become leading researchers, developers and successful on global level.

The 8th SamurAI Coding will be held between October 2019 and March 2020. Contestants will compete with each other over their engineering skills for AI and programming. Winners of the preliminary round will move on to the final round, which will be held on 6th March 2020 collocated with the 82nd IPSJ National Convention at Kanazawa Institute of Technology. Participating engineers and programmers will be able to demonstrate their skills on a global level through this contest.

Registration and Submission


For Preliminary round contestants (including World Finalists):

Preliminary round contestants are invited to Banquet on the World final round date on a first-come, first-served basis; the number of Banquet participants is limited (TBD).

Students can attend sessions of the 82nd IPSJ Annual Convention by register themselves at the Convention site for free (TBD).

For World Finalists:

Winners of World Final will receive prizes. Moreover, there will be some Sponsor Awards and Gifts (TBD).

Travel expense of one representative member per each World final team participating from far away areas will be partially supported.

All World Final contestants will be presented on the contest site.

Game and AI

Contestants compete on their design and engineering skills of algorithms and AI strategies in addition to programming skills. We plan to use a completely new game in the contest of this year, called SamurAI Dig Here, in which a samurai works together with a dog, both are controlled by an AI program, to find more treasure than the opposition.

Contestants can choose a certain programming language among various major languages.

Past contests


Tasuku Hiraishi (Director), Hironori Washizaki (Executive Advisor), Takashi Chikayama, Shingo Takada, Yuki Kobayashi, Kazunori Sakamoto, Tetsuro Tanaka, Makoto Miwa, Kenta Cho, Tsutomu Terada, Kiyokuni Kawachiya, Noriko Fukasawa, Daisaku Yokoyama.