UM students receive a second prize at a national postgraduate mathematical modelling contest|
A team of postgraduate
students from the University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Science and Technology
won a second prize at the 13th National Postgraduate Mathematic Contest in
Modelling. The contest attracted nearly 9,000 teams from universities in China.
The UM team was formed by PhD
student Guo Li and master’s students Wu Yinwen and Kong Lingning. Led by
Assistant Professor Chen Long from the Department of Computer and Information
Science, the team chose the ‘genome-wide association study’ in the contest. By
applying the sparse linear model, the team designed a mathematical method to
find disease-related genes in the human DNA and achieved good results in the
analysis of test data provided by the contest organiser.
In the big data era, it has
become more and more important to know how to build mathematical models that
can explain data for future uses. UM places an emphasis on cultivating
students’ skills in mathematical modelling. Previously, UM students won prizes
in several other modelling contests, including the Contemporary Undergraduate
Mathematical Contest in Modeling of China 2015, and the Interdisciplinary
Contest in Modeling 2016 held in the United States.
Source: Communications Office
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