Can you build algorithms to classify facility, building, and land use from satellite imagery? The functional Map of the World (fMoW) Challenge invites solvers from around the world to develop deep learning and other automated techniques to classify points of interest from satellite imagery. The goal of the challenge is to promote research in object identification and classification to automatically identify facility, building, and land use.
Who We Are: The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), focuses on high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the Intelligence Community. IARPA Challenges invite experts from the broader research community of academia and industry, and developers to participate in IARPA research in a convenient, efficient, and non-contractual way.
What We’re Doing: FMoW invites experts from across the government, academia, industry, and developer communities—with or without experience in automated image analysis—to create fast and accurate classification algorithms for building and land use. FMoW Challenge will provide a satellite imagery dataset with one million points of interest annotated to researchers and entrepreneurs, enabling them to better their methods for understanding satellite imagery through novel learning frameworks and multi-modal fusion techniques. Based on the data provided, participants will be asked to generate an algorithm to classify building and land use in the provided images.
Why We're Doing This: Creating algorithms to accurately label parts of images has been proven to be a notoriously difficult problem. The last couple of years have seen landmark advances in deep learning provide great improvements in both localization and classification of objects within scenes. IARPA is interested to know if those techniques (or perhaps newly developed techniques) can be used to label satellite imagery accurately. A Challenge provides a cost-effective way to carry out such research.
The challenge will kick off Summer 2017.
|When does pre-registration begin?||July 2017|
|When does the challenge launch?||September 2017
|Where to learn more about the challenge, including rules, criteria and eligibility requirements:||www.iarpa.gov/challenges/fMoW|
|Where do solvers register?||https://crowdsourcing.topcoder.com/fMoW|
|How do I stay connected to get information on when the microsite and challenge registration opens?||Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our mailing list.|
|When does the challenge end?||December 2017|
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