When recently the results of COMAP'S Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) / Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) 2020 were published, students of Shenzhen University showed some eye-catching achievements. Advised by teacher Weike Pan of the College of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Xiaowen Huang, Junfeng Lin and Zihao Guo were designated as ‘Outstanding Winner’ in this contest. This marks the second time Shenzhen University has an Outstanding Winner of MCM/ICM. Besides, Shenzhen University also won 6 ‘Finalist’ designations, 15 ‘Meritorious’ designations and 43 ‘Honorable Mentions’.
MCM/ICM 2020 was held from 6:00 a.m. CST, Feb 14, 2020 to 9:00 a.m. CST on Feb 18, 2020. 13,749 teams from 20 countries/regions participated in MCM (problems A, B and C) while 7,199 teams from 16 countries/regions took part in ICM (problems D, E and F). The team of Shenzhen University which was designated as ‘Outstanding Winner’ chose problem C in MCM, which was also chosen by 7,444 other teams and where the fiercest competition lay. In the end, six teams received the designation ‘Outstanding Winner’ for this problem (about 0.08%).
MCM/ICM is the only international contest of mathematical modeling as well as the most influential contest of mathematical modeling in the world. Known as the ‘Olympics of mathematical modeling’, the contest is open to college students from all over the world and has become one of the most influential academic contests ever.
To achieve feats like this, students in Shenzhen University have greatly profited from a series of important measures in student cultivation by the school, such as encouraging undergraduates to enter research institutes or laboratories and promoting combinations of research and teaching.