IARPA Announces the UG2+ Prize Challenge to Improve UAV-Captured Imagery

IARPA Announces the UG2+ Prize Challenge to Improve UAV-Captured Imagery



ODNI News Release No. 09-19
March 15, 2019


IARPA Announces the UG2+ Prize Challenge

to Improve UAV-Captured Imagery


The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, today announced the UG2+ Prize Challenge, a competition that leverages a unique computer vision dataset of unmanned aerial vehicle, glider, and ground (UG2) data. This second edition of the challenge aims to advance the analysis of images collected by small UAVs by improving image restoration and algorithm performance.


"Last year this prize challenge showed that this is an active area of research, but that the problem is still unsolved," said IARPA Program Manager Lars Ericson. "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 this 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. Winners will be 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, including rules, criteria, and eligibility requirements, visit http://www.ug2challenge.org/. For updates, follow @IARPAnews on Twitter and join the conversation using #iarpaUG2. For any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


IARPA invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges faced by the agencies and disciplines in the Intelligence Community. Additional information on IARPA and its research may be found on http://www.iarpa.gov.