International Mathematical Contest in Modeling

| Brittany Nielsen

14,108 teams representing institutions from 17 countries/regions participated in the 2019 annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling/Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling sponsored by COMAP.

Six open-ended problems were posted at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, and teams researched, created a model, wrote up their solutions and then submitted them to COMAP on the following Monday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m.

UW-Eau Claire – Barron County team members Vincent Biever, Eric Anderson and Jinxuan Cong, mentored by Dr. Wufeng Tian, wrote a paper to address problem A: "Game of Ecology." Consider three fictional dragons from the TV series "Game of Thrones" are living today, our team mathematically and biologically analyzed dragon characteristics, behavior, habits, diet and interaction with their environment. They have used modified Gompertz growth model to fit the dragon’s growth, calculated the dragon’s diet based on Kleiber’s Law, estimated the size of the farmland needed to raise the dragon from the rainfall amount. Their work was designated as Honorable Mention Winner, which puts them in the top 22% of the 14,108 teams that participated this year.

UW-Eau Claire – Barron County team members Carson Derousseau, Warren Williams and Junan Yue mentored by Dr. Wufeng Tian wrote a paper to address problem B: "Developing an Aerial Disaster Relief Response System for Puerto Rico." They have created regions with a coordinate system and a multi-objective model for medical supplies to all five hospitals in Puerto Rico and video surveillance of all major roadways in the area. They were designated as Successful Participants in the contest.

Congratulations to all for their exceptional performance in the 2019 MCM/ICM.