Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)

Competitions

You would like to do research on current problems and participate in an (inter)national competition?

Here you will find a collection of competitions that fit to CAMMP. We are happy to support you in your application or during the project, supervise the research work and provide rooms.

If you are interested or have any questions, just contact us via mail!

1) International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IMMC)

*** IMMC 2021: Spring 2021 ***

The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge has been organized since 2015 and originated from the HiMCM External Link competition. Every year an interesting question from everyday life is presented, which is embedded in an interdisciplinary context. A team consisting of up to four students from one school may work on this task, which is identical for all participating teams worldwide, for a maximum of five consecutive days - that is 120 hours. In addition, a teacher from the same school, the so-called team advisor, must be appointed.

During this time, a proposed solution is developed and documented on up to 20 pages. In addition, there is a one-page summary of the entire work. The focus should be on a mathematical perspective, but of course knowledge of other disciplines involved is helpful and it often makes sense to use computers for support. Any tools may be used, which must be specified in the documentation. However, no persons outside the team may be used to discuss or obtain solution ideas (not even the team adivisor).

Sample problems from previous years and proposed solutions from the international competition can be found on the international website of IM2C. The period for participation in the national (German) elimination of the IMMC is usually in March/April. The exact period will be announced here in time. Who can participate? ANYONE! A team consists of up to four students from one school

Rating

Each team will work out a solution within the time available and send it to the national jury, which will select the two best entries. The results of the teams selected in this way will be translated into English by the winning teams after the jury's decision has been announced (whereby no changes or corrections may be made to the content) and sent to the international competition as German contributions. For the translation - unlike for the solution of the task - help may be called in. These two contributions compete with the solutions proposed by the other participating nations. In some countries, similar to Germany, a national preliminary competition takes place, while other countries directly send two teams into the international competition.

The processing of partial questions is expressly desired and there is no quantitative evaluation in the form of a score! The national as well as the international jury is rather interested in the approaches and methods chosen by the individual teams and their combination to an overall solution as an answer to the original question. Computer programs or source codes should not be sent in, but it is allowed and recommended to integrate the results of the computer use into the documentation.

Contact person

IMMC Karlsruhe Region: CAMMP

IMMC Germany: Dr. Martin Bracke KOMMS

 
2) Jugend Forscht

Jugend forscht is a nationwide competition for young researchers that promotes special achievements and talents in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology.

The 55th round of the competition is under the motto "Can you do it! In this way, Jugend forscht encourages children and young people to take up the challenge of working on a research project themselves and thus also to assume responsibility for our society. After all, every single MINT talent is important, and their commitment is important, on a small and large scale. The following applies to all young researchers: Be curious and inventive, develop your own ideas and solutions for the world of tomorrow.

The registration period ends in autumn 2020! All you have to do is submit a project idea and the team consisting of up to three students. The students may, but do not have to come from the same school.
In the following period of work, research, experimentation and recording will take place. The results obtained are submitted and presented to a jury in the regional competition.

Who can participate?

Young people up to the age of 21 can enter the competition. Students who wish to take part must attend at least the 4th grade. Students may only be in the first year of their first degree at most. The deadline for these requirements is 31 December of the year of registration. Individuals or groups can participate. A group consists of two or a maximum of three persons. Each group nominates a speaker. The age of the oldest member of the group decides on the classification in the respective age category.

Further information here.