The result of Arman Bolatov is the best among participants from Kazakhstan.
The 29th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMC) for university students was held in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, from 1 to 5 August 2022. It has been held annually since 1994. As well as the Putnam Mathematics Competition, IMC is considered one of the most prestigious mathematics competitions for undergraduates.
This year, only one NU student could participate in the IMC. Arman Bolatov is a third-year student majoring in computer science. He is also a research assistant at the Institute of Smart Systems and Artificial Intelligence (ISSAI) and a member of our university’s Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics club (SIAM).
“I want to thank the SIAM club for informing me about the Olympiad and organizing the team selection. In addition, I want to express my gratitude to Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at NU SSH Piotr Skrzypacz for organizing invigilation and helping with preparation. We prepared by problem sets provided by Professor Skrzypacz and by solving past IMC, Putnam, and Romanian MO problems. This year there were difficulties in the IMC organization, due to which many strong NU mathematicians did not participate in it. I hope next year our university will finance a trip to this Olympiad for the whole team, and we will bring more gold medals!” said Arman Bolatov.
“Arman obtained 43/80 points during the two-day competition, i.e., he completely solved 4 out of 8 challenging problems, which is a very good result. Arman is a passionate mathematician. He can solve problems for mathematics professors usually out of the question, said Assistant Professor at NU SSH Piotr Skrzypacz.
This year students competed in a hybrid mode: offline in Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria) and online. It was the biggest Olympiad in terms of the number of participants. This year, 664 students and 100 teams took part. The competition consisted of two stages, each lasting four hours.