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HKBU students awarded Outstanding Winners in Mathematical Contest in Modeling


(from left) Wu Xiaotian, Li Qingran and Liang Jin awarded Outstanding Winners in 2012 Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

Liang Jin (Physics, Year 3), Wu Xiaotian (Physics, Year 3) and Li Qingran (Economics, Year 3) were awarded the Outstanding Winner prize at the 2012 Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Their joint effort solved a problem captioned “how much do the leaves on a tree weigh?" The HKBU group was one of 10 teams chosen for the award from among the 3,697 participating teams from institutions around the world and was the only team from Hong Kong to claim the honour this year.

Another team, comprising Pu Xiaozhou (Mathematics, Year 1), Li Ronggang (Finance, Year 1) and Chen Wan (Computer Science, Year 1), with Dr. Law Ka-ho, Lecturer of the Department of Mathematics, acting as the faculty advisor, received an Honourable Mention in the contest.

In the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling, an extension of the mathematical contest, Bai Yang (Mathematics, Year 3), Liu Liu (Mathematics, Year 3) and Yin Liyang (Mathematics, Year 3), advised by Dr. Ling Leevan, Assistant Professor of the Department of Mathematics, also claimed an Honourable Mention.

Excited on receiving the Outstanding Winner prize, Liang Jin said, “I am glad to win this prize in my final year of study. Dr. Alex Mok, our team advisor, and several other professors and students provided us with a lot of assistance in preparation for the contest. Professor Jeffrey Cheung, Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, gave us insights on the methods of estimation. Dr. Xia Yiji, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, guided us through the topic of the contest. The training courses offered by both departments laid a solid foundation and all these contributed significantly to our paper.”

Li Qingran added, “I believe that teamwork is very important. With good division of labour, we enjoyed working together.”

Dr. Alex Mok, Lecturer of the Department of Physics, who acted as the faculty advisor to the team, was delighted at the students’ achievement. He said, “I am glad to see a lot of brilliant HKBU students who are extremely intelligent and determined. The three students only had four days to complete the modeling and write their paper for the contest. The limited time was actually a great challenge. I’m really proud of them and their excellent performance.”

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling, primarily an online contest, is organised by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, a non-profit making organisation in the US. This international contest aims at challenging participating students to work in teams to solve real-world problems using mathematical tools. Only 10 teams were selected as Outstanding Winners this year.