Duke students earn Outstanding in the ICM

ICM Winners

The team of Duke University students Vinit Ranjan, Junmo Ryang and Albert Xue was designated Outstanding in the 2019 Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM).  This year 11,262 teams representing institutions from fifteen countries/regions participated in the contest.  Our students were one of seven teams to receive outstanding recognition for their submission to Problem D.  This involved developing an emergency evacuation model for the Louvre Museum to explore options to evacuate visitors from the museum, while also allowing emergency personnel to enter the building.

For all the problems in this contest, teams searched for pertinent data and grappled with how phenomena internal and external to the system needed to be considered and measured.  The student teams produced creative and relevant solutions to these complex questions and built models to handle the tasks assigned in the problems.  The problems also required data analysis, creative modeling, and scientific methodology, along with effective writing and visualization to communicate their teams' results in a 20-page report.

Our students received the Leonhard Euler Award and COMAP Scholarship award for their solution.  Congratulations to them for their ingenuity and hard work!