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Challenge Bird Identification from a Minimal Sample

Bird Identification from a Minimal Sample

Award: $50,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 389
Posted: Apr 11 2019
Challenge ID: 9934216
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Bird strikes by aircraft need to be addressed quickly for safety. Identification of the bird is critical to determine its size/weight and to determine if more testing for damage is required and what action to take. Currently, birds can be identified by DNA and feather identification, but the methods are time consuming (weeks) including shipping samples back and forth. A faster method for bird identification, preferably with a handheld device is required. Details will be provided in the full Challenge description.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, rationale, and a demonstration of feasibility of the system.


Bird strikes by aircraft are common and need to be addressed quickly to determine what actions, if any to take. For this Challenge, we are considering birds that weigh over 1.8 pounds to limit the number of species. The Seeker requires a method/device to identify birds with 95% accuracy in less than 48 hours with potential to reduce to a matter of hours in the future.

The submission to the Challenge should include the following:

  1. A detailed description of your proposed Solution addressing specific Solution Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge. This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.
  2. A demonstration of your system. You are not expected to produce a complete finished product, but demonstrate its feasibility as an accurate identification system.

Receipt of a Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker. Strictly Theoretical solutions (no data) will be considered for a lesser award.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker an irrevocable, non-exclusive license, with no restrictions to practice their solutions.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 10, 2019 . Late submissions will not be considered

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