The 9th International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IMMC) 2023 Greater China Summit cum Summer Workshop on Mathematical Modeling was held on August 5-7 at the University of Macau. Middle school teachers and students from Macau, Hong Kong, the Mainland, and Taiwan, as well as about 130 specially invited distinguished scientists, members of the IMMC Chinese Academic Committee, expert groups for proposition and evaluation, and guests attended the meeting.
The IMMC Greater China Summit is the annual event of the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IMMC) in Greater China. This conference is the first on-site conference in three-year after the epidemic. It is the first time to be held in Macau and hosted by the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Department of Mathematics of the University of Macau. At the opening ceremony, guests of honor, Mr. Ka Ki WONG, Deputy Director of the Education and Youth Development Bureau of the Macau SAR Government, and Dr. Ning HUA, Senior Director of IEEE Asia Pacific, expressed their greetings and thanks to all the teachers, students and expert judges who participated in the 9th International Mathematical Modeling Contest. Warm congratulations to the winning team teachers and students. Mr. Zhongkai DENG, IEEE Representative in Shenzhen, Associate Professor Ieng Tak LEONG, Associate Professor Guanghui HU, Department of Mathematics, University of Macau, and Professor Zhonghua QIAO, Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Mr. Zhang Yanfeng, Co-Founder of IMMC, also attended the summit as the officiating guests.
In his speech, Deputy Director Ka Ki WONG introduced the development of STEM education in Macau. He emphasized the importance of Mathematics and STEM education, encouraged teachers and students to cultivate interdisciplinary and cross-boundary innovation skills through mathematical modeling, practiced modeling thinking and computational thinking, and honed their skills in identifying and solving problems, and welcomed teachers and students from all over the world to enhance the exchanges with Macau in the field of STEM education.
Guest of Honor, Mr. Ka Ki WONG, Deputy Director of the Education and Youth Development Bureau of the Macau SAR Government, delivered an opening speech
Dr. Ning HUA pointed out in his speech that for a long time, IMMC has provided a platform for scientific exploration, teamwork, and application of knowledge for the majority of participating students. Engineer spirit. Dr. HUA said that IEEE, as the world’s largest professional technical organization, encourages technological innovation and promotes human well-being, and has always supported middle school students to contact and explore the beauty of engineering. He encouraged middle school students to choose engineering-related majors as the direction of future study and career development and to contribute to social development and human progress with what they have learned.
Dr. Ning HUA, Senior Director of IEEE Asia Pacific, delivered an online speech
On behalf of the host, Professor Guanghui HU warmly welcomed the participating students and teachers to the University of Macau and shared the teaching and research directions of the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Department of Mathematics of the University, where many important academic directions and fields are closely related to Mathematics through Mathematical Modeling and Computational Mathematics. He encouraged the IMMC participating students to explore and practice boldly, and to lay a good foundation for a broad academic and career development in the future on the path of STEM learning.
Professor Guanghui HU make a speech on behalf of the host, the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Department of Mathematics of the University of Macau
The China Summit this year has invited Prof. Pui-In MAK, professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Macau and the director of the State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI (University of Macau), to give a keynote speech on “A journey of creation: the story of microelectronics and chip technology in Macau”. As the title, he vividly introduced the development of microelectronics and chip technology in Macau, and especially told the story behind the outstanding work done by the University of Macau in the field of microelectronics and chips for the country and the world, which attracted great interest from the teachers and students present. The organizer specially arranged the participating teachers and students a tour visit to the Institute of Microelectronics of the University of Macau and the State Key Laboratory of VLSI during the workshops, so that teachers and students can see that chips play a ubiquitous role in the era of digital economy and artificial intelligence. Dealing small scale model connected to the whole world is the frontier field of interdisciplinary integration of microelectronics, mathematics, and computing technology. Professor Mak’s speech and the lab tour visit certainly inspired and encouraged the participating students profoundly.
Prof. Pui-In MAK gave a keynote speech on “A journey of creation: the story of microelectronics and chip technology in Macau”
The IMMC2023 Greater China Awards Ceremony was also held at the summit. Professor Zhonghua QIAO, Secretary-General of Hong Kong Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, member of IMMC Proposition and Review Committee, and Department of Applied Mathematics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, congratulated the winning team and delivered an award speech.
The teams that won the Outstanding Prize in the IMMC2023 Greater China Regional Contest included:
The teams that won the Outstanding Prize in the IMMC2023 International Contest Greater China Region included:
In addition to the awards for the Greater China IMMC Chinese and International Contests, the Summit also presented the International Award(Global). A total of seven teams from Beijing Academy, Premier School Affiliated to Hou Kong, Pui Ching Middle School Macau, Shenzhen College of International Education, Diocesan Girls’ School of Hong Kong, HKU College, and Taipei Wei Girls’ High School won the awards in the International Award(Global), among which, the team of He Li, Runsheng Sun, Tianlang Gao, and Sirui Liu from Beijing Academy, and the team of SIN TENG TAM, XIN WANG, WENG SAM TANG, and CHENG HOU IP from Premier School Affiliated to Hou Kong were awarded the Meritorious Award of International Award(Global).
Another exciting session of the summit was the invited conference presentations by the IMMC2023 winning teams. The outstanding paper teams and topics presenting at this year’s summit included:
Macau Baptist College: “Smart delivery of books for campus library”;
Zhong Mei Zhong Xue: “Investigating the emergence of pathogen X”;
Pui Ching Middle School Macau: “Reducing cost of energy consumption through heat and cold storage”;
Shanghai High School International Division: “Lifting Path Optimization for Hydraulic Crane”;
Beijing Academy: “Using land: a valuable resource”;
The Affiliated School of University of Macau: “Optimizing the Siting Plan of Large Charging Station Cluster in Zhuhai Based on 0-1 Integer Planning”.
The organizers of the conference presented a Certificate of Commendation for the report to the Outstanding Award winning team from Shanghai High School International Division.
Congratulations to all the participating and winning teams this year! In fact, behind these teams and students are the instructors and schools that have trained and supported them over the years. Among these instructors and participating schools, many excellent representatives have emerged, who have done solid and outstanding work to promote and popularize mathematical modeling education, so the summit also presents the most weighty and meaningful awards – “IMMC Teaching Promotion Award” and “IMMC Inter-school Cooperation Award”.
After nine years of development, IMMC has made a wide impact internationally. More than 30 countries and regions, including China, the United States, Europe, and major countries in Asia, participate in IMMC, including Greater China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, with more than 900 teams participating this year. The International Conference on Mathematics Education (ICME) since 2016 and the International Conference on Teaching Mathematical Modeling (ICTMA) since 2019 have both set up IMMC sessions for three consecutive years, inviting award-winning teams or panelists to give presentations. In view of this, IMMC has set up two special awards, the “IMMC Teaching Promotion Award” and the ” IMMC Inter-school Cooperation Award “, to recognize outstanding teachers and advanced schools that have been effective in promoting mathematical modeling education in China from 2020 onwards, which is of great significance. The “IMMC Teaching Promotion Award” and ” IMMC Inter-school Cooperation Award ” recognize outstanding teachers and advanced schools that have been effective in promoting mathematics modeling education. The “IMMC Teaching Promotion Award” is awarded to instructors who have achieved remarkable results in promoting and popularizing mathematical modeling education for all students at all levels through the IMMC platform and promoting teaching with competitions; the ” IMMC Inter-school Cooperation Award” is awarded to instructors who have achieved remarkable results in promoting and popularizing mathematical modeling education for all students at all levels through the IMMC platform and promoting teaching with competitions. The “IMMC Inter-school Cooperation Award ” is awarded to the participating schools that have achieved remarkable results in promoting the advanced experience of school-based teaching and popularizing mathematical modeling education through the IMMC platform.
The schools that received the IMMC Inter-school Cooperation Award for the year 2023 are Premier School Affiliated to Hou Kong, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated High School, and Hong Kong Pui Ching College; and the teachers that received the IMMC Teaching Enhancement Award are Ms. Jingya ZHAO of Pui Ching Middle School Macau, and Ms. Miao LIN of Hongkou Experimental School, Shanghai. They received heartfelt congratulations from the IMMC organizers and the participating teachers and students.
Prof. Leong of the University of Macau with the award-winning instructors of Pui Ching Middle School Macau
To facilitate the sharing of teaching experiences among advanced schools and teachers, teachers workshop were also held during the Summit.
Ms. Jingya ZHAO of Pui Ching Middle School Macau, made a sharing on “Mathematical Modeling-From Theory to Practice”. For more than ten years on the road of modeling education, Pui Ching Middle School Macau has adhered to one original intention, two concepts, and has gone through three teaching modes in an effort to explore a development path suitable for itself. From focusing on participation to achieving good results, from little attempts to the integration of modeling thinking into the campus, it strives to develop and pass on the culture of secondary school modeling to more students.
Mr. Haonan ZHU from Beijing National Day School gave a presentation entitled “Incorporating Philosophy of Science into Mathematical Modeling Education-Mathematics Education for Human-oriented Purpose”. In traditional Chinese mathematics education, mathematics is often simply regarded as a training material for thinking, a means for talent selection and a technical tool for solving practical problems, and there is a lack of a human-oriented component of education, as well as education for the modern scientific paradigm. This presentation will focus on the important role of modern scientific paradigms in mathematical modeling, and discuss how to achieve a change in mathematics education from one oriented toward pragmatism and instrumentality to one oriented toward education for human purposes by integrating the philosophy of science into mathematical modeling education.
Mr. Haonan ZHU from Beijing National Day School sharing at the Teachers Workshop
Ms. Xiao WANG from Beijing National Day School reported on “The Development of Mathematical Modeling Courses in the International Curricula”. What are the differences in the development of mathematical modeling courses for secondary school students in different cultural backgrounds and curriculum systems? What is something that international education has learned or can refer to? And what are the advantages of international education in the promotion of mathematical modeling curriculum? Ms. Xiao WANG ‘s report summarizes the current situation, trends and challenges in the development of mathematical modeling in the field of international education by comprehensively studying and analyzing the relevant literature on the development of mathematical modeling in international education. At the same time, she also summarized the eucalyptus cases and assessment criteria used in mathematical modeling education abroad in the literature, introduced the cases and summarized their characteristics.
The summit also invited Dr. Konstantin Avilov, who has been working as a proposer and reviewer for the IMMC International Expert Group for many years, to give a workshop on “Optimisation and Fitting Mathematical Models to data: Technical Procedure of Modeling” for the students, leading them to understand and practice the concepts and methodologies behind mathematical modeling in a “learning-by-doing” approach.
Dr. Konstantin Avilov directed student workshop-“Optimisation and Fitting Mathematical Models to data: Technical Procedure of Modeling”
The summit is a time for networking and a time for celebration. Congratulations to all the teachers and students who participated in IMMC2023! IMMC is committed to promoting the popularization and improvement of mathematical modeling education, and building a platform for teachers and students from all over the world to practice modeling and communicate. We look forward to more secondary school teachers and students in the future to grow and gain in learning and teaching mathematical modeling through the IMMC platform.
Participating students and teachers visited the State Key Laboratory of Microelectronics of the University of Macau on August 7th.
On August 7, the participating teachers and students were invited to visit the State Key Laboratory of Microelectronics of the University of Macau to explore its outstanding research achievements and scientific research strength in the field of microelectronics. The State Key Laboratory of Microelectronics of the University of Macau was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China through a rigorous review in November 2010, and has become the only State Key Laboratory of Integrated Circuits in the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Bay Area at present. In December 2019, the laboratory set up the Hengqin Branch of the State Key Laboratory in the Zhuhai Institute of Technology (Zhuhai Institute of Technology). As a key discipline of the University of Macau, the microelectronics program boasts a world-leading level of academic innovation. The laboratory team has published 45 academic papers in ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuit Conference), the top international conference in the field of integrated circuit design, which is always at the top of the list in China, and is on a par with world-renowned institutions and top design companies, so its influence and research and development strength cannot be ignored.