DigitalGlobe Seeking Proposals for 8-band Research Challenge
[Satellite TODAY 07-29-10] DigitalGlobe has opened up a call for proposals for its 8-band Research Challenge — a contest designed to encourage researchers to investigate how 8-band, high-resolution imagery can enhance image analysis and classification research, the company announced July 27.
The imagery company said all accepted proposals would receive a limited quantity of free 8-band imagery in order to conduct their research and submit a final paper for review. A panel of experts selected by DigitalGlobe will review these papers and select five winners, each of whom will receive a $5,000 grant and an invitation to present their findings at the Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad, India in January.
The call for proposals will close Aug. 31.
“The 8-band data is unique in the marketplace to DigitalGlobe, as a result of the newest commercial satellite WorldView-2 launched in October of 2009. … This is a unique opportunity for DigitalGlobe to work directly with the scientific community in an effort to develop preemptive, value-added imagery applications. We are confident the scientific community’s most gifted minds will develop solutions to pressing market challenges with this unprecedented access to our technology,” DigitalGlobe CTO Walter Scott said in a statement.