[ugrads] Modeling Contest and New Course

Hemanshu Kaul kaul at iit.edu
Tue Jan 12 09:35:06 CST 2016

Dear Students,

Today will be the first lecture of *Math 380*, a new course that aims to
develop an understanding of applied mathematics as a thought-process and a
toolbox for the study of real-world phenomena from engineering, natural and
social sciences, by learning concepts and tools from different parts of
mathematics – continuous, discrete, and probabilistic – as they are applied
to build and refine models for various applications. See the course
syllabus at

If you are curious, please attend* the first lecture at 3:15pm in room 026
in the basement of E1 *(Retalliata Engg Center), and register for the
course asap.

This course is also related to a* prestigious international Mathematical
Modeling competition*.
See http://www.comap.com/undergraduate/contests/ for more information.

*Who is eligible? *Any undergraduate student (with any major)
The competitors are in teams of up to three students each. Its beneficial
to have team members that know a wide variety of mathematical tools -
Differential Equations, Networks, Optimization, Probability, Statistics,
etc., and are proficient with usage of computational tools (like Matlab,
Mathematica, programming), and have good English skills to write the final
project report.

You can see the previous problems at

And look through the example project report given at the end of this SIAM
in Appendix B on page 50 of the pdf file for an example on how to format
and write the project report. The pages 1-50 of this pdf file are also
useful as a detailed overview of how to approach the modeling process for
this contest. This is what we also learn and discuss in Math 380.

*By Tuesday, 1/19, send me an email (individually or with two other team
members) if you are interested in participating and  also include a short
description of your coursework and computational background. *
Note that *the contest begins at 7pm on Thursday, 1/28 and will end at 7pm
on Monday, 2/1. *You should be willing to dedicate most of these 4 days to
participating in this contest.
See the rules at http://www.comap.com/undergraduate/contests/mcm

I will be the team advisor and will register your team, etc. All the
problem solving and modeling will be done by each participating team
without any external help. You are allowed to use (with proper reference)
any previous research papers, textbooks, computational tools.

I hope to hear back from you soon.


Hemanshu Kaul
Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics
Co-Director, Graduate Program on Decision Sciences (CDSOR)
Illinois Institute of Technology
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