DIUx xView 2018 Detection Challenge

Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) are releasing a new satellite imagery dataset to advance key frontiers in computer vision and develop new solutions for national security and disaster response.

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xView is one of the largest publicly available datasets of overhead imagery. It contains images from complex scenes around the world, annotated using bounding boxes. The DIUx xView 2018 Detection Challenge is focused on accelerating progress in four computer vision frontiers:

  1. Reduce minimum resolution for detection
  2. Improve learning efficiency
  3. Enable discovery of more object classes
  4. Improve detection of fine-grained classes

xView follows in the footsteps of challenges such as Common Objects in Context (COCO) and seeks to build off SpaceNet and Functional Map of the World (FMoW) to apply computer vision to the growing amount of available imagery from space so that we can understand the visual world in new ways and address a range of important applications.

Applying computer vision to overhead imagery has the potential to detect emerging natural disasters, improve response, quantify the direct and indirect impact — and save lives.

Important Dates:

  • 5/13/18 - Progress Checkpoint 1
  • 6/10/18 - Progress Checkpoint 2
  • 7/8/18 - Final Submissions Due
  • 7/20/18 - Announce Winners
  • 7/29/18 - Technical Write-ups Due
  • August TBA - Workshop
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Awards and Incentives:

Prizes will be awarded according based on a Solvers’ final proposed solution. While Solvers may submit and receive a score on the leaderboard for multiple proposed solutions throughout the course of the Challenge, final proposed solutions will be evaluated at the conclusion of the Challenge using the xView test data.

Participants in the DIUx xView Challenge may be awarded an agreement with the Government to further prototype their solution. For eligibility for follow-on opportunities, participants will be assessed on their technical merit and ability to scale their solution. At the Government's discretion, participants may be asked to enter into negotiations with the Government for an agreement governed by 10 U.S.C. § 2371b 'Other Transaction' authority. This award will take place after the conclusion of the DIUx xView Challenge.

 

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