Launch Date: October 20, 2020
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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is the nation's primary source of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). NGA provides GEOINT in support of U.S. national security and defense, as well as disaster relief. GEOINT is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information that describes, assesses and visually depicts physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth.
Currently, geolocating the source of video and audio recording on Earth is difficult. NGA seeks to determine if locations can be classified using machine learning methods based on sound.
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NGA seeks a novel approach for using non-speech ambient sound as a means of geo-locating video and audio recordings. NGA is in search of innovative methods of identifying, analyzing, and modelling these sound and acoustic scene indicators to uniquely classify audio recordings as originating in one of nine cities. Solvers’ responses will include a white paper describing their technical approach; for each test file, the developer must indicate the city which the video originated from, and for each file, solvers will provide the confidence level generated by their method for each of the nine cities. Top-tier-scoring solvers will be invited to present a paper containing a description of their methodology and next steps at a workshop to be held in 2021.
The Soundscapes Challenge will have an open submission period of 5 weeks (launch date: October 20, 2020). Throughout the open period, solvers will be able to submit and test their code solutions, view their quantitative score and participate in a leaderboard indicating solver rank based on the training data.
The winners will be the eligible, registered participants that submit the best overall solutions in accordance with the evaluation criteria.