How to teach a computer to see? What is the future of unmanned vehicles? From September 11th-13th teams of leading universities from all around the world will meet in Moscow to answer this questions and to practice their best in this sphere. See you at First International Computer Vision for Autonomus Driving Hackaton – VisionHack is hosted by NUST MISIS, one of the leading technological universities, and organized jointly with Cognitive Technologies, a company which develops artificial intelligence systems for unmanned vehicles.

Computer Vision in Russia

Over the last years computer vision technologies have become not a future, but a part of our everyday life. We can meet it everywhere: from supermarket on the checkout lane to google search by image and text recognition. One of the most progressive, perspective and rapidly developing branches of the computer vision is designing computer vision technologies for self-driving cars and other unmanned vehicles. Russian machine learning technologies and computer vision in particular are keeping pace with the world industy’s standards and are represented on the world market by such companies as Yandex, Cognitive Technologies, NTechLab and others.

The host of the VisionHack 2017 is the National University of Science and Technology MISiS ,  the forefront in the development of Russia’s innovative, knowledge-based economy, supporting the nation’s ability to successfully compete with other advanced economies as well as to fully integrate into the international community. As in the past, MISiS remains one of Russia’s leading teaching and research educational centers. It provides a first-class professional education for over 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and it offers extensive opportunities for specialized scientific research with the objective of transferring the university’s ideas, innovations, and technologies to real-life application. MISiS aims to produce and nurture pioneering processes in a variety of fields ranging from its historic expertise in metallurgy and materials science to relatively new directions in nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technologies and telecommunications, and sustainable development and energy-effective technologies. These technologies are essential for improving the quality of life not only in the Russian Federation but in all countries.

Teaching machines to see

The main theme of VisionHack 2017 is Computer vision in application of practical tasks for the driving of unmanned vehicles, which is currently one of the most relevant and popular directions of artificial intelligence. The goal of participants will be to create their own intellectual subsystem for driver assistance and ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) capable of automatically detecting various events on the road (small circumstances, which sometimes seriously affect traffic safety) such as: a car stopped in the middle of the street with its hazard lights on; a dog or small child about to cross the street; the sun shining on a turn and blinding a driver, etc. Participants will be provided with a large array of data – several hundred 10-second videos, which will show different road situations and problems.

From September 11th-13th more than 30 teams from world leading universities such as MIT (USA), the University of Cambridge (Great Britain), ASU (USA), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (P.R. China), University Paris-Saclay (France), the University of Science and Technology Beijing (P.R. China), and UPC (Spain) have announced their participation in the hackathon. The total number of hackathon participants is about 150 people, and the prize fund exceeds $30,000, which is a record for such an event. The winner of the hackathon will be the team which provides the most accurate and comprehensive solution to the set of proposed road situations. Additionally, the organizers will prepare secondary prizes for qualitative decisions on specific developments.

VisionHack will be held in 2 rounds: the preliminary selection stage, from July 13th to August 17th, where participants will be asked to solve test tasks. The best teams will be invited to participate in the on-site competition. Both individuals and teams (3-5 people) can register. The panel of judges will include world-famous specialists in the field of IT and artificial intelligence, business representatives, venture funds, and development institutions.

The program of the hackaton includes lectures and meetings with prominent representatives of the IT field (especially in the field of unmanned vehicles) will be organized for the hackathon. Top managers of famous Russian and international companies will act as mentors and lecturers at the event. The top managers of large Russian enterprises such as Alfa Group, Severstal, VEB, Rosatom, Gazprombank, and representatives of the Russian Government will be invited to the event as honorary guests. The event will be held at the NUST MISIS Commune House.

Expand your vision! See you on the VisionHack 2017.

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