The UCF Department of Mathematics is sponsoring our undergraduate students to participate the 2019 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) on January 24-28, 2019. We recruit, organize, and train students to participate in this competition as we strongly believe our students benefit from this unique opportunity.

In 2018, 10670 teams from 18 countries participated in the MCM while 9932 teams from  16 countries participated in the ICM. Among them, two UCF teams have been ranked in the top 10%, earning them the Meritorious Award, one team named Honorable Mention and three other teams succeeded in participation.

Students participate as team members rather than as individuals – creating an environment for peer learning and skill development. You could find more information such as contest history, registration, and rules at the website (a brief introduction below)

During the competition, each team of at most 3 undergraduate students (or high school students with UCF dual enrollment) will work as a group on one of the modeling problems from the following 6 categories:

– MCM Problem A (continuous)
– MCM Problem B (discrete)
– MCM Problem C (data insights)
– ICM Problem D (operations research or network science)
– ICM Problem E (environmental science)
– ICM Problem F (policy)

You could view modeling problems from previous years via the webpage http://www.comap.com/undergraduate/contests/mcm/previous-contests.php

In 2019 the competition starts at 5pm on Thursday January 24 and ends at 8pm on Monday January 28. Each team, while working on campus, has about 4 days to understand/simplify the real-life problem, formulate appropriate mathematical models, perform model analysis and simulations, interpret their mathematical results etc. At the end, they need to submit their own solution paper, on which each team will be judged.

Students who are interested should contact Dr. Zhisheng Shuai (MSB 321, shuai@ucf.edu) or Dr. Teng Zhang (teng.zhang@ucf.edu), and/or fill in the online teamsheet via the following link

Before the 2019 competition, we are going to hold 4 training sessions (new):

  • Tuesday January 15, 5:00pm-7:00pm in MSB 110: Introduction to MCM/ICM
  • Wednesday January 16, 5:00pm-7:00pm in MSB 110: Introduction to Optimization and Matlab
  • Tuesday January 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm in MSB 110: Introduction to Discrete Models and Mathematica
  • Wednesday January 23, 5:00pm-7:00pm in MSB 110: Team Formulation and Strategies

Students are welcome to attend any of these training sessions even they are not planning to participate the competition this year. More informations on these training sessions will be posted here later.

Update (4/19/2019): We are delighted to announce that two UCF teams have successfully participated the 2019 MCM/ICM competition. The team of Nicholas Riley, Nishad Vaidya was awarded Meritorious, and the team of Neo Cho, Aaron Honculada, Brandon Lam was Successful Participant.

Update (2/12/2018): We are delighted to announce that six UCF teams have successfully participated the 2018 MCM/ICM competition. See the detailed information at 2018 Teams

Update (5/12/2018): The teams of Bradley Kriznar, Estefania Reyes, Zachary Sabo and of Lauren Brads, Cameron Douglas, Owen Thomas were awarded Meritorious, and the team of Devan Patel, Tristan Reynoso, Evan Waldmann was named Honorable Mention. Three other teams successfully competed this year. Congratulations to all for their exceptional performance in the 2018 MCM/ICM.