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IARPA announces competition to improve UAV-captured imagery


March 20, 2019

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

IARPA announces competition to improve UAV-captured imagery

WASHINGTON. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) -- an organization within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence -- has announced the UG2+ Prize Challenge, a competition that leverages a unique computer vision data set of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), glider, and ground (UG2) data.

This marks the second edition of this challenge, which aims to advance the analysis of images collected by small UAVs by improving the performance of image-restoration and algorithm technologies.

IARPA program manager Lars Ericson said of the competition: "Last year this prize challenge showed that this is an active area of research, but that the problem is still unsolved. This second iteration aims to further engage the community to advance techniques needed to aid analysts in processing and understanding the large amounts of imagery they receive on a daily basis."

IARPA is conducting the challenge to invite the broader research community of industry and academia, both domestic and international, to participate in a convenient, efficient, and non-contractual way. The registration period officially runs until April 1, 2019.

Participants should submit their algorithms for evaluation to IARPA’s challenge partner, the University of Notre Dame, with winners announced in May 2019. The most successful and innovative teams will be invited to present at a workshop at the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference.

To learn more about the UG2+ Prize Challenge, please visit


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