Cardiff Student wins competition to help solve global hunger

10 April 2017

O.R. and Analytics Student Team Competition

School of Mathematics student, Adam Green, has won the coveted Operational Research (OR) & Analytics Students Competition as part of a small team of students from UK universities to help solve global hunger.

The competition challenged each of the eight global teams involved to use their OR and Analytical skills to propose a new method for better-performing soybean strains that could lead to a world-wide increase in food production. The teams each used the same data sets and software options to develop solutions and Adam’s team impressed the judges with their unique analysis of data on soybean varieties, and proposed solutions for developing better performing plants.

The winning team was announced at the 2017 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Las Vegas and along with Adam from Cardiff University, it featured students from two other UK universities, Nottingham and Warwick. The finalists were selected by a panel of industry and academic experts based on each team’s use of the full analytics process.

Melissa Moore, Executive Director of INFORMS who ran the competition said, “The OR and Analytics Student Team Competition not only shines a spotlight on the incredible young talent that is preparing to enter the field of O.R. and Analytics, but provides these student teams the opportunity to hone the skill sets that will place them on the path to success as they embark on their careers”.

Congratulations to Adam and his team for their incredible achievement for such an important and worthy cause.