Challenges: Opportunities to Contribute
Mineral: Alumina-Zirconia Abrasive, which is primarily used in metal casting and the foundry process
Image: Mineral: Alumina-Zirconia Abrasive, which is primarily used in metal casting and the foundry process, Source: www.usgs.gov/programs/mineral-resources-program/news/minerals-corner-winter-2022

In collaboration with USGS, MITRE, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, DARPA launched the AI for Critical Mineral Assessment Competition, which solicits innovative solutions for automatically georeferencing scanned or raster maps and extracting their features. DARPA and USGS will apply lessons learned from the competition to future improvement efforts.

 
The competition will include the following two, independent challenges. For each of the two challenges, DARPA will award $10,000 for the first prize, $3,000 for the second prize, and $1,000 for the third prize in October 2022.
First Place
First Place
$10,000
Second Place
Second Place
$3,000
Third Place
Third Place
$1,000
Map Georeferencing Challenge
Registration
August 15 - 26
Submissions due
October 13
Automated map georeferencing is a difficult task as most USGS maps are not digitized and may be in a multitude of historical coordinate projection systems. Furthermore, the quality of features on scanned maps, critical for the identification of control points for alignment, can vary greatly. Participants will receive a dataset of 1,000 or more maps of various types for training and validation. The goal of the challenge is to accurately geolocate a map of unknown location and coordinate system by fitting coordinate points that can be referenced to known locations in one or more base maps.
Map Feature Extraction Challenge
Registration
September 5 - 23
(If interested in registration, email ai4cma-questions@mitre.org.)
Submissions due
October 20
Automated map feature extraction is a difficult task because map features (polygons, points, lines, text) often overlap and are sometimes discontinuous. Not only do the features come in all shapes and sizes, but the same feature type can be depicted in different maps using different symbols or patterns. This makes it challenging to create a universal identifier for even a single feature such as a mine location or mineral resource tracts. Participants will be provided a training set consisting of maps with each legend item labeled and characterized (as point, line, or polygon) and a binary pixel map reflecting the feature’s coverage in the map. The goal of the challenge is to identify all features in a map that appear in the map’s legend.

DARPA may close registration early based on a number of conditions.

Key Dates

All milestones are in 2022 and due by midnight Eastern time zone on the date specified.

Graphical representation of key dates as they appear below.
Key
Milestones
Map Georeferencing
Challenge
Map Feature Extraction
Challenge
Registration and Validation Submission Open
August 15
September 5
Registration Closes
August 26
September 23
Validation
(optional)
September 7
September 28
Validation
(optional)
September 14
October 5
Validation
(optional)
September 21
October 12
Validation
(optional)
September 28
 
Validation
(optional)
October 5
 
Evaluation Data Released
October 12
October 19
Final Submission Due
October 13
October 20
Release Top-3 Ranking
October 18
October 25
Technical Brief Due
October 24
October 31
Winners Announced
October 27
November 3
Award Ceremony
November 15

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