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Satellite Image Augmentation with Generative Adversarial Networks

UP42 is looking for algorithms that leverage generative models (GANs) in the context of Earth Observation (EO) to provide new ways of performing EO analytics.

The Challenge

UP42 will provide access to very-high-resolution satellite imagery from Airbus via the OneAtlas Living Library, as well as to data for all the Sentinel missions via the Sobloo platform, to develop algorithms that address challenging problems in EO, namely:

  • Unsupervised change detection. GANs can be used to generate better coregistered images via synthetic image generation.
  • Clouds and their associated shadows in optical satellite images are large obstacles for almost all land, water, and atmosphere applications.
  • Super-resolution: Increasing the resolution of satellite imagery can widen the range of objects detected from a given data set.

UP42 is calling on researchers, companies and students to develop algorithms for these types of image augmentation.

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Desertification example © osir.io.
Optical image enhancement: P. Wang and V. M. Patel, "Generating high quality visible images from SAR images using CNNs," 2018 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf18), Oklahoma City, OK, USA, 2018, pp. 0570-0575, doi: 10.1109/RADAR.2018.8378622.

Rewards 2021

OneAtlas Prize
Voucher to access commercial satellite data from Airbus
UP42 Prize
Voucher to access all types of geospatial data and algorithms from the UP42 marketplace
Satellite Data
Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by COM).

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2021

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2021 Overall Winner

Evaluation Criteria

A combination of scientific, product/business value, quality of implementation and ecological impact is taken into consideration:

Scientific value

How original and innovative is the proposed solution? Does it have original research aspects to it or not?

Product/business value

Does the proposed solution have great business and/or product value potential?

Quality of implementation

Robustness of the proposed solution: How does it deal with noisy data? What about evaluation criteria?

Ecological impact

Does the proposed solution prevent ecosystem degradation and contribute in some way to the SDGs?

About UP42

UP42 is changing the way geospatial data is accessed and analysed. The platform and marketplace bring together multiple sources of data such as satellite imagery, weather data, and more—along with algorithms to identify objects, detect change, and find patterns. Industry leaders use UP42 to inform business decisions and build scalable customer solutions. Know when and where to fertilise crops. Measure air quality and map emissions. Count cars, trucks, planes, and ships. Developers and data scientists across all industries now have access to a platform to build, run, and scale projects all in one place.

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of EUR 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide. The Intelligence Programme Line within Airbus is the supplier of choice for commercial satellite imagery, C2ISR systems and related services. The company has unrivalled expertise in satellite imagery acquisition, data processing, fusion, dissemination and intelligence extraction allied to significant command and control capabilities. Based upon exclusive commercial access to Pléiades, SPOT, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X and PAZ satellites, DMC Constellation and third-party satellites (TripleSat constellation, KazEOSat) combined with broad applications experience, Intelligence delivers an extensive portfolio spanning the entire geo-information value chain.

Contact

UP42

António Almeida
Senior Tech Evangelist
antonio.almeida@up42.com

How to Apply

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Register to our secure database from 19 April to 19 July 2021.

Choose your partner challenge and enter all your details into the database.

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Additionally, choose a Copernicus Prize. You can pick the Prize that best supports your business case, even if that is not your country of residence.

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