The UCF Department of Mathematics is sponsoring our undergraduate students to participate the 2018 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) on February 8-12, 2018. We recruit, organize, and train students to participate in this competition as we strongly believe our students benefit from this unique opportunity.

In 2017, 8843 teams from 943 institutions in 13 countries participated in the MCM while 8085 teams from 788 institutions in 8 countries participated in the ICM. Among them, one UCF team has been ranked in the top 10%, earning them the Meritorious Award, 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 2018 the competition starts at 5pm on Thursday Feb 8 and ends at 8pm on Monday Feb 12. 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 2018 competition, we plan to hold 5 training sessions:

    • Monday January 29, 6:00pm-7:00pm in MSB 318: Introduction to MCM/ICM
    • Wednesday January 31, 7:30pm-8:30pm in MSB 318: Introduction to Continuous Models
    • Friday February 2, 6:00pm-7:00pm in MSB 318: Introduction to Optimization and Matlab
    • Monday February 5, 7:30pm-8:30pm in MSB 110: Introduction to Discrete Models and Mathematica
    • Wednesday February 7, 7:30pm-8:30pm in MSB 110: Team Formulation and Registration

Students are welcome to attend any of these training sessions even they are not planning to participate the competition this year.

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