Are you ready to kick some asteroid butt? We’re excited to announce the launch of the 2nd phase of the NASA Asteroid Data Hunter Challenge, where analyzing images could save the world.
Phase 1 of the project created an algorithm that is almost as good as a human in detecting an asteroid in an image. The top algorithm matched 94.1% of the accepted and rejected images that a human made.
Phase 2 of the project will create an algorithm that is better than a human in detecting an asteroid. It’s going to be pretty awesome, and with more than $35,000 in prizes, pretty lucrative too.
Our first contest kicks off this Monday (08/11/14) at 1:00 PM EDT with an algorithm (Marathon Match) contest – $20,000 in prizes are up for grabs. Want to get notified when registration opens? Click here.
The goal of phase 2 is to develop an algorithm that will allow the discovery of new asteroids by analyzing images — basically, a “moving object” recognition algorithm.
Once we’re done building the algorithm, we’ll wrap it in software and make it so easy that citizen scientists, hobbyist astronomers and even professional organizations/institutions will want to use it.
At the end of the project, we’re aiming to make the entire software package open source and capable of running effectively, and within a reasonable amount of time, on a common everyday laptop. It will have an absolutely simple user interface that anyone can use. It will be integrated with popular astronomical visualization software (ex. DS9). In short, it will be awesome.
Are you excited? To get involved, please visit: topcoder.com/asteroids
Go to topcoder.com/asteroids and type “asteroids” after the page loads. I hope you have a few hours of free time.