About the Competition

Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition is jointly organized by the China Association for Science and Technology, the Alibaba Foundation, and Alibaba DAMO Academy. It integrates competition, training and communication, and is open to math enthusiasts all over the world.

As fundamental science is now playing an increasingly important role in the society, we hope that through this online competition, more people could see the beauty of mathematics and be more willing to further explore it.

Regardless of who you are, where you from, and what you do, love for math is the only precondition to participate. Together, Let's create the math moment.

Event Overview

2021 Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition

2021 Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition

Welcome to the 3rd Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition. The competition has one qualifying round and one final round. Detailed instructions for each round can be found below.

To help you familiarize the online competition system, a practice round is scheduled between May 6th and May 12th. 2021 (Beijing Time). The practice round is for you to get familiar with the system you will use during the competition. Your answer for the practice round will NOT be graded, and will NOT be counted into your final score for the qualifying round.

Good Luck!

Qualifying Round

Format:Online Individual Competition

Type of Questions:Multiple Choice, Problem solving, and Proof Questions

Time:8AM May 16th, 2021 -  8AM May 19th, 2021 (Beijing Time). You have 72 hours for this round.

Language: The questions are provided in both Chinese and English. You may use either language to answer them.

Competition Rules:
- The full score of the qualifying round is 120. Finalists are determined by the result of the qualifying round.
- You may refer to printed or offline materials. Programming is allowed during this round.
- Please complete the test questions independently. Cheating, discussing with others, or publicizing the questions is NOT Allowed.

Results for the qualifying round and the finalists are scheduled to be released on June 18th, 2021(Beijing Time). Please check your registered email for further notice.

 Final Round

Format: Online Individual Competition

Type of Question
The final round includes five tracks of different subject areas:
- Algebra & Number Theory
- Geometry & Topology
- Analysis & Differential Equations,
- Applied & Computational Mathematics
- Combinatorics & Probability.

Topics covered in the final round will be released later in June.

Date of the Competition:  8:00AM, June 26th –  12:00 AM, June 27th.  You may choose any continuous 8 hours in between to complete the final round.

Competition Rules:
- When the final round begins, we will ask you to select one major track and one minor track. The selection, once made, is final.
- You can submit solutions to all the five problems in your major track. In the minor track, however, you can choose any of the five problems to solve but submit solutions to NO more than two problems.
- You may refer to printed or offline materials. Programming is allowed during the final round.
- Please complete the test questions independently. Cheating, discussing with others, or publicizing the questions is NOT Allowed.

New!Topic Coverage for the Final Round

- Algebra & Number Theory: Abstract algebra, Algebraic Number Theory, Commutative Algebra, Group and Representation Theory.
- Geometry & Topology: Algebraic Topology, Differential Topology, Manifolds and Lie Groups, Riemannian Geometry.
- Analysis & Differential Equations: Harmonic Analysis, Functional Analysis, Complex Analysis, Heat Equations.
- Applied & Computational Mathematics: Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Optimization Theory, Numerical Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis, Machine Learning.
- Combinatorics & Probability: Extremal/Probabilistic/Algebraic Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Discrete Geometry, Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes, Combinatorial Optimization,  Mathematical Aspects of Computer Science.

Award

Gold Award (4 winners) with 20,000 USD each
Silver Award (6 winners) with 10,000 USD each
Bronze Award (10 winners) with 5,000 USD each
Honorable Mention (50 Winners)

Award winners will be invited to Math Colloquium in Summer 2021.

Contact Us

alibaba-math@service.alibaba.com

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2018 Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition

Qualifying Competition (Individual)

Question type: Mathematical questions requiring analysis and solution of problems close to real life
Competition duration: 48 hours (9:00am Sep. 18th - 9:00am Sep 20th 2018 GMT+8)
Answering method: Online
Assessment: According to the results, the top 300 contestants will be selected to enter the final competition

Reference Answers Download

 

Final competition (Individual)

Preliminary mathematics knowledge:
➤ Geometry and topology: Four questions
➤ Number theory and algebra: Four questions
➤ Analysis and differential equations: Four questions
➤ Applied mathematics and computational mathematics: Four questions
Competition duration: 4 hours (8:00am - 12:00am, Sep. 25th 2018 GMT+8)
Answering method: Online
Assessment: 40 contestants with the best ideas will be selected. The top 20 contestants will be recommended to the selection round of gold, silver and bronze medals. The following 20 contestants will win the Excellence Award. The Steering Committee collectively decides the final gold (4 people), silver (6 people), and bronze (10 people) award winners, and provides letters of recommendation for winners who are willing to continue their studies. Meanwhile, these 20 winners will enter the Master Class and study with the experts.

Shortlist for Final Match

 

Prizes:

Gold Award (4 people): US$20,000 scholarship per person, with tickets to the Master Class
Silver Award (6 people): US$10,000 scholarship per person, with tickets to the Master Class
Bronze Award (10 people): US$5,000 scholarship per person, with tickets to the Master Class
Excellence Award (20 people): Tickets to the Master Class

Final Contest Awards List

 

2020 Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition

Overview 

2020 Alibaba Global Mathematic Competition includes 2 qualifying rounds and 1 final round.  The finalists will be determined by the total score of the 2 qualifying rounds.

 

Qualifying Round (Online)  - Completed

The results of the qualifying round and finalists will be available on April 10th, 2020.  Please log in first and check your competition status under “ Profile”.
Question type: Mathematical questions that are close to real life.
Competition Rules: The competition is divided into two qualifying rounds. Each of the qualifying round has 4 questions. The finalists are selected based on the total points of the two rounds.  For each of the qualifying rounds, participants will have 48 hours to answer the questions, during which they may save their answers and take a short break. 
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are supported. Adobe Flash must be enabled.

 

Final Round  

The final round is an individual online competition. It consists of four tracks of different subject areas:
➤ Algebra & Number Theory (5 problems)
➤ Geometry & Topology (5 problems) 
➤ Analysis & Differential Equations (5 problems)
➤ Applied & Computational Mathematics (5 problems)
When the final round begins, we will ask you to select one major track and one minor track. The selection, once made, is final.
You can submit solutions to all the five problems in your major track. In the minor track, however, you can choose any of the five problems to solve but submit solutions to no more than two problems. Every problem is worth 20 points. You can obtain up to 100 points from your major track and up to 40 points from your minor track. The final awards are selected based on total points. 
Date & Time:  April 18th, 2020; 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM (GMT+8), 6 hours total.
Language: English or Chinese

 

Awards

Gold scholarship (4 winners) with 20,000 USD each
Silver scholarship (6 winners) with 10,000 USD each
Bronze scholarship (10 winners) with 5,000 USD each

Hornorable Mention (50 Winners) 

 

Topic coverage

➤ Algebra & Number Theory: Group Theory, Diophantine Equation, Galois Theory, Algebraic Number Theory, Abstract Algebra, Commutative Algebra
➤ Geometry & Topology: Algebraic Topology, Differential Topology, Manifolds and Lie Groups, Riemannian Geometry
➤ Analysis & Differential Equations: Real Analysis, Harmonic Analysis, Partial Differential Equation
➤ Applied & Computational Math: Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Probability, Optimization Theory, Ordinary Differential Equation, Partial Differential Equation, Numerical Analysis

Organizing Committee
Honorary Chairman
  • Jinpeng Huai

    Secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group,
    Executive Vice President, and Chief Executive Secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology
Steering Committee
  • Jeff Zhang

    Chief Technology Officer of Alibaba Group
    President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence
  • Gang Tian

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,
    Chair Professor of Peking University
  • Jianshu Li

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Director, Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, Zhejiang University
  • Yitang Zhang

    Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Weinan E

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Professor at Peking University and Princeton University
  • Tao Tang

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Chair Professor of Mathematics, Southern University of Science and Technology
  • Jianya Liu

    Professor at Shandong University
  • Yurii Nesterov

    Professor at Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium
  • Frank Kelly

    Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor at University of Cambridge
  • Xing Tang

    Vice President of Alibaba Group
  • Alessio Figalli

    Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich),
    2018 Fields medalist
  • Ling San

    Deputy President and Provost at NTU Singapore,
    Professor at Nanyang Technological University
  • Binyong Sun

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Professor at Zhejiang University
Organizing Committee
  • Xiangwen Liu

    Assistant Dean of Alibaba DAMO Academy
  • Wotao Yin

    Professor at University of California, Los Angeles
  • Chenchang Zhu

    Professor at University of Göttingen
  • Yi Liu

    Researcher at Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research

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