The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has joined forces with George Mason University to launch the Innovation House Study, seeking to foster ”radical, novel” approaches to extract meaningful content from visual and geospatial data. Teams will qualify for up to $50,000 in funding, will meet daily in Arlington, Virginia, during an intense eight-week work period, and will have access to unclassified aerial and ground-level video, high-resolution LiDAR of urban and mountainous terrain, and unstructured amateur photos and videos. Emphasis will be placed on collaboration, not competition.
According to the request for proposals:
The DARPA Innovation House is a study into the feasibility of effective software design and development in a short-fuse, crucible-style living and working environment. DARPA selected imagery analysis as the topic for the effort. DARPA aims to show that small teams of highly focused, collaborative developers operating under extremely short deadlines can make breakthroughs in automatically obtaining meaning from photos, videos, geospatial data and other imagery-related data [more following the link].