U.S. intelligence analysts approach industry for computer 3D models based on satellite imagery

U.S. intelligence researchers are asking industry to develop core libraries of computer 3D models that represent manmade objects like buildings, roads, walls, bridges, towers, and dams to help with military mission planning based on satellite imagery.

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WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence researchers are asking industry to develop core libraries of computer 3D models that represent manmade objects like buildings, roads, walls, bridges, towers, and dams to help with military mission planning based on satellite imagery.

Officials of the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington briefed industry on 30 March 2016 concerning details of this program, called CORE3D. IARPA is the research arm of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence.

U.S. intelligence experts need global situational awareness as well as military, intelligence, and humanitarian mission planning that involves timely access to geospatially accurate 3D object data, IARPA officials say.

The CORE3D program has two aims: automated ways to create timely 3D models that capitalize on spectral, textural, and dimensional information from satellite data; and automated ways to recognize and understand objects in satellite reconnaissance data.

The manmade objects that the CORE3D program will model are invariant and relatively large, such as buildings, roads, walls, bridges, towers, dams, or other static structures.

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The IARPA CORE3D program is asking industry for libraries of computer 3D models to help with military mission planning based on satellite imagery.

The program will use simplified 3D representation such as constructive solid geometry (CSG), where 3D shapes are built from Boolean operations on simple shape primitives, such as cubes, cylinders, or spheres to fit and store the geometry of 3D models. IARPA experts will provide a core library of 3D shape primitives to all performers.

The CORE3D program focuses on wide-area manmade object recognition and scene understanding. Proposed methods shall demonstrate that they can automatically recognize, tag, and update predefined object categories from satellite imagery.

Similar to the targets of the physical models, the object categories for functional modeling shall consist of static structures such as communication towers, airfields, power plants, water towers, lighthouses, schools, and hospitals.

IARPA researchers want industry to develop customized learning frameworks optimized for satellite imagery and multi-modal data fusion. Researchers particularly are interested in hybrid approaches that do not rely on just one computer vision or learning modality.

Researchers are interested in satellite panchromatic, multispectral, point clouds, and maps; multi-level fusion to include data-level, feature-level, and decision-level fusion; object-level segmentation and classification; point cloud generation from multiview satellite images; representations of complex scene geometry; accurate 3D model fitting and statistical inferencing; a deep learning framework optimized for satellite imagery scene recognition; and hybrid image understanding module using deep learning, traditional, and new image-understanding algorithms.

E-mail questions or concerns to dni-iarpa-baa-16-06@iarpa.gov.

More information is online at www.fbo.gov/notices/d84464082e32a0567bde08ea38d5042a.

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