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IARPA Seeks to Produce Satellite Imagery-Based 3D Maps Through Algorithm Development Challenge

mapThe Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched a challenge that aims to encourage participants to develop algorithms that can generate three-dimensional point clouds from satellite images.

IARPA will award $100,000 in total cash prizes to winning algorithm developers as part of the Multi-View Stereo 3D Mapping Challenge, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a news release published Friday.

ODNI said the contest also seeks to encourage participants to leverage photogrammetry, remote sensing and computer vision techniques to produce 3D mapping from satellite imagery.

IARPA will administer the challenge through two contests, Explorer and Master, and provide participants with DigitalGlobe’s satellite images and KML bounding box to develop algorithms for the challenge datasets.

IARPA will kick off the Explorer contest on July 11, followed by the Master contest in September and announcement of winners in October.

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