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In Moscow, VisionHack will be the first international student hackaton for computer vision for UAVs

NITU "MISiS" and Cognitive Technologies will hold the first international student hackathon on artificial intelligence and computer vision on September 11-13 with a prize pool of more than 30 000 USD. Teams from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), the University of Cambridge (UK), the University of Arizona (ASU, USA), the Beijing Science and Technology University (PRC), the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Spain) and the leading Russian higher educational institutions.

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The organizers VisionHack 2017 became one of the leading technical Russian universities NITU "MISiS" and the developer of artificial intelligence systems for unmanned vehicles company Cognitive Technologies. Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of the Moscow Institute of Information Technologies and Technology, noted: " Our country and our university became a place for holding such a status event not by chance. Russia has one of the best schools in the world for the creation of artificial intelligence. Domestic developments in the field of computer vision today are highly appreciated by leading foreign experts, and NITU "MISiS" team for several years goes on to the final of the World Programming Championship ACM / ICPC "
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Hackaton (an international forum of IT-developers) of this scale, dedicated to computer vision technology and unmanned transport, is being held for the first time not only in Russia, but also in the world. More than 30 teams from the world's leading universities have announced participation in it: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), the University of Cambridge (UK), the University of Arizona (ASU, USA), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (PRC), the Paris-Saclay University (France), Beijing Science and Technology University (PRC), Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Spain), etc. The total number of participants in the hakaton is about 150 people. The prize fund of the VisionHack hackathon exceeds 30 thousand US dollars.

The main theme of the competition was one of the most topical and popular areas of artificial intelligence today – computer vision in application to practical tasks of unmanned vehicles. The aim of the participants will be to create their own intelligent driver assistance subsystem or ADAS (advanced driver assistance system), capable of automatically detecting various events on the road (small circumstances, sometimes seriously affecting traffic safety). It can be a car with an alarm on the move, and a dog about to run across the road, and the sun suddenly appearing after the turn and blinding the driver, etc.

Participants will be offered a large array of data – several Hundreds of 10-second videos, which will be attended by similar events of the road scene. According to the president of Cognitive Technologies Olga Uskova " the guys have to solve the real and important practical tasks of computer vision for unmanned vehicles. We expect that the intelligent subsystems created by them will be included in ADAS product lines and will be able to significantly improve road safety and provide the driver with the required level of comfort. We are confident that the winners of the hackathon will be able to increase their value as high-class professionals, for whom the doors have been opened in the world's leading companies – developers of artificial intelligence .

The winner of the hackathon will be the team that offered the most accurate And a complete solution on the set of proposed road situations. In addition, the organizers will prepare additional prizes for quality solutions for specific events.

VisionHack will be held in 2 stages: a distance selection round from July 13 to July 31, where participants will be asked to solve a test problem. The best teams of participants will receive an invitation to the full-time stage. Register as a team (3-5 people), and individual participant. The jury will include well-known experts in the field of IT and artificial intelligence, representatives of business, venture funds, development institutes, etc.

The event will take place on the campus of the NITU "MISIS", the famous architectural monument of the era of constructivism "Dom-Commune"

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Within the framework of the hakaton an extensive educational program will be organized, meetings with well-known representatives of the IT industry (especially in the field of unmanned vehicles). The top managers of the well-known Russian and world companies will act as mentors and lecturers of the hakaton.

Top-managers of the largest Russian enterprises such as Alfa Group, PJSC Severstal, VEB, SC Rosatom. OAO Gazprombank, as well as representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation.

Among the partners of the event are well-known world companies, developers of artificial intelligence systems, unmanned technologies, hardware

Details of the hackathon VisionHack is available On the site visionhack.misis.ru. On all questions you can contact the organizers of visionhack@misis.ru.