The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), February 2012
Meritorious Winner, Top 9%
Problem of the contest: Find the correlation between tree structure and its leaves
Our topic: A realistic model for trees growing towards sunshine
My contributions: proposing algirithms, computer simulation, summary
Brief summary: Our models are based on the assumption that trees change their size characteristics to acquire more sunshine by evolution. Then we define Exposure Ratio to quantify the utilization of sunshine. We also model six common leaf shapes into analytical expressions. With the preparations, we build three coarse-to-fine models.
My contributions: fund raise, work assignment, programming
We propose to build a robot walking vertically and even in a handstand condition by electric magnet and Chip Micyoco. This type of design was considered to be extremely difficult in previous contests. Clearly, we faced big challenge for this design because of the lack of the practical magnetic force. Finally, we conquered the difficulties by using special iron dishes. Also, I composed our performance in the background of the Gemini myth with my talents in art and music.
Please see a brief video of our team and robot below for your interest. (Better viewed with firefox) [download]