Strong Showing of UIUC Teams in the 2019 Mathematical Modeling Contest
The MCM/ICM (Mathematical/Interdisciplinary
Contest in Modeling) is an international team contest in mathematical
modeling in which thousands of teams from universities and colleges around
the world participate each year. The contest involves researching,
analyzing, and modeling a real-world problem in teams of (up to) three
students and writing up a solution paper of around 15--30 pages, and doing
all this in 96 hours. Problems in recent contests have covered
topics such modeling as the spread of the Ebola virus, analyzing the ecological
ramifications of the existence of dragons, and designing a drone-based
disaster relief response system for Puerto Rico.
In each of the past six years, we have sponsored several UIUC teams for
this contest and helped coordinate and prepare these teams for the
This year's edition took place January 24 - 28, 2019, and it
proved to be the most successful for UIUC teams in recent years:
Three of the five participating UIUC teams
received a "Meritorious Winner" designation, corresponding to a
placement among the top 8% of all entries. Particularly noteworthy is the
fact that one of these teams had only two members instead of the usual
three, but still managed to earn a "Meritorious Winner" award with an
impressive 30 page paper.
The members of the three "Meritorious Winner" UIUC teams, and the titles of
their solution papers, are:
Complete results of the 2019 MCM Contests
are available under this link.
- Yirui Luo, Eric Ma, and Yiyin Shen, "Raising the Three Dragons in
A Song of Ice and Fire Under Realistic Ecological Environments"
(30 pages) (Problem A)
- Juefei Chen, Xinhang Chen, and Guangkuo Liu,
"Simulating Dragons in Today's World" (17 pages) (Problem A)
- Qianyue Wang and Yizhu Wang,
"Time to leave the Louvre" (30 pages) (Problem D)
If you are interested in participating in next year's MCM/ICM contest,
contact Prof. A.J. Hildebrand at email@example.com for further information.
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