2021 IEEE GRSS Data Fusion Contest Track DSE

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Detection of Settlements without Electricity – End the Darkness –

The detection of settlements without electricity challenge track (Track DSE) of the 2021 IEEE GRSS Data Fusion Contest, organized by the Image Analysis and Data Fusion Technical Committee (IADF TC) of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SolarAid, and Data Science Experts, aims to promote research in automatic detection of human settlements deprived of access to electricity using multimodal and multitemporal remote sensing data.

The task of Track DSE is to detect human settlements that do not have access to electricity using multimodal and multitemporal remote sensing data. Participants are required to submit binary classification maps and the performance will be evaluated using F1 score.

For details about the 2021 IEEE GRSS Data Fusion Contest: http://www.grss-ieee.org/community/technical-committees/data-fusion/

Evaluation

The task of Track DSE is to detect human settlements that do not have access to electricity using multimodal and multitemporal remote sensing data. Participants are required to submit binary classification images in TIFF at a 500m GSD (i.e., 16×16 pixels) with the Byte (uint8) data type:

  • 1: for human settlements without electricity (Region of Interest)
  • 0: for any other class

The contest consists of two phases:

  • Phase 1 (Development phase): Participants are provided with training data (which includes reference data) and validation data (without reference data) to train and validate their algorithms. Participants can submit prediction results for the validation set to the Codalab competition website to get feedback on the performance from January 4 to February 28, 2021. The performance of the best submission from each account will be displayed on the leaderboard. In parallel, participants need to submit a short paper of 1-2 pages clarifying the used approach, the team members, their Codalab accounts, and one Codalab account to be used for Phase 2 by February 28, 2021 to be eligible to enter Phase 2. Please send a paper to iadf_chairs@grss-ieee.org using IGARSS paper template.
  • Phase 2 (Test phase): Participants receive the test data set (without the corresponding reference data) and submit their binary classification maps from March 1 to March 5, 2021. After evaluation of the results, four winners per track are announced on March 26, 2021.

Performance is assessed using F1 score.

The winners will have approximately one month (submission deadlline: April 23, 2021) to write their manuscript that will be included in the IGARSS 2021 proceedings. Manuscripts are 4-page IEEE-style formatted. Each manuscript describes the addressed problem, the proposed method, and the experimental results.

Awards

  • The first, second, third, and fourth-ranked teams in Track DSE will be declared as winners.
  • The authors of the winning submissions will:
    • Present their manuscripts in an invited session dedicated to the Contest at IGARSS 2021
    • Publish their manuscripts in the Proceedings of IGARSS 2021
    • Be awarded IEEE Certificates of Recognition
  • The first, second, and third-ranked teams in Track DSE will receive $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 (USD), respectively, as a special prize.
  • The authors of the first and second-ranked teams in Track DSE will co-author a journal paper (in a limit of 3 co-authors per submission), which will summarize the outcome of the Contest and will be submitted with open access to IEEE JSTARS.
  • Top-ranked teams will be awarded during IGARSS 2021, Brussels, Belgium in July 2021. The costs for open-access publication will be supported by the GRSS. The winner team prize is kindly sponsored by the organizing partners.

Terms and Conditions

Participants of this challenge acknowledge that they have read and agree to the following Contest Terms and Conditions:

  • In any scientific publication using the data, the data shall be referenced as follows: “[REF. NO.] 2021 IEEE GRSS Data Fusion Contest. Online: http://www.grss-ieee.org/community/technical-committees/data-fusion”.
  • Any scientific publication using the data shall include a section “Acknowledgement”. This section shall include the following sentence: “The authors would like to thank the IEEE GRSS Image Analysis and Data Fusion Technical Committee, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SolarAid, and Data Science Experts for organizing the Data Fusion Contest.

Development Phase

Start: Jan. 4, 2021, noon

Description: Development phase: tune your models and submit prediction results on validation data.

Test phase

Start: March 1, 2021, noon

Description: Test phase: tune your models and submit prediction results on test data.

Future Development Phase

Start: March 5, 2021, noon

Description: Future-development phase: tune your models and submit prediction results on test data.

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