The Seeker desires demonstration of an algorithm that can rapidly, accurately, and automatically colorize grey scale panchromatic images.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, output from the algorithm, and, upon request, submission of source code for validation. The Seeker does not require IP transfer or licensing of algorithms in return for the award. Instead, the Seeker anticipates acquiring solutions that fully meet their needs in accordance with applicable law, regulation and policy.
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In remote sensing the highest spatial resolution images are panchromatic grey scale images. Unfortunately the lack of color makes the images less useful and can hinder or prevent an accurate assessment of the information contained within the image. This may be made even more problematic if an imaged area contains fleeting activity and there is insufficient time to obtain color imagery of the area. The Seeker desires demonstration of a method to rapidly and accurately colorize a panchromatic image to aid in the analysis of such images under these circumstances. This goes well beyond simple colorization of an old black and white image in terms of the size of the image and the speed at which the colorization must be accomplished. Panchromatic images of interest typically run to the tens or hundreds of thousands of pixels square and can be upward of ten gigabytes in size and must be computed in a matter of hours.
A submission to the Challenge should include the following:
The Challenge award is contingent upon evaluation and validation of the method/algorithm and submitted algorithm output by the Seeker.
To receive an award, Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker nor grant a license to the Seeker for the algorithm. Instead, the Seeker anticipates acquiring solutions that fully meet their needs in accordance with applicable law, regulation and policy.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on September 9, 2018.
Late submissions will not be considered.
Participation in this Challenge is open to individuals and private entities. Entries may only be submitted by a registered participant.
ABOUT THE SEEKER
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to warfighters, policymakers, intelligence professionals and first responders. Anyone who fights wars, locates targets, sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cell phone relies on NGA. NGA enables all these critical actions and shapes decisions that impact our world through the indispensable discipline of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). NGA is a unique combination of intelligence agency and combat support agency. It is the world leader in timely, relevant, accurate and actionable GEOINT. NGA enables the U.S. intelligence community and the Department of Defense (DOD) to fulfill the president’s national security priorities that protect the nation. NGA also anticipates its partners’ future needs and advances the GEOINT discipline to meet them. NGA is the lead federal agency for GEOINT and manages a global consortium of more than 400 commercial and government relationships.
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What is an RTP Challenge?
An InnoCentive RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to an InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of IP rights, please see the Challenge-Specific Agreement.