A student team from the University of Macau (UM) received second prize at the Contemporary Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling of China (CUMCM). This is the fifth consecutive year that UM has received prizes at this contest. This year’s contest attracted 42128 teams from around the country, including 8 teams from Macao.
The UM team were comprised of three students Yang Zihan, Yin Shuheng and Chen Zhiben, the team was led by Prof. Liu Zhi from the Department of Mathematics.
Organized by the China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the CUMCM is a national contest in the field of mathematical modelling. It is also the largest mathematical modelling contest in the world. This year’s contest attracted more than 120,000 students in 42128 teams from 33 provinces, cities, and autonomous regions in China, as well as from USA and Singapore. Only about 4 percent of the teams received first or second prizes.
Department of Mathematics has paid attention to improving the students’ skill of mathematical modelling. To provide consultancy and support to the students around the university, in early 2017, a committee of mathematical modeling consisting of three professors (Prof. Ding Deng, Prof. David Lei and Prof. Liu Zhi) has been established, and a sub-organization of UM Student Union entitled Mathematical and Interdisciplinary Modeling Association is formed. In recent years, in addition to the CUMCM, UM students have also won prizes at the variate modeling contests of United States and China.