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Third AI Edge Contest to be Held

May 8, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (hereinafter referred to as “NEDO”), Digital Media Professionals Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “DMP”) and SIGNATE Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “SIGNATE”) will jointly hold the Third AI Edge Contest, aiming to discover outstanding computer technologies, human resources and ideas as well as to encourage promising new human resources to enter these fields for the purpose of creating innovative AI edge computing technology.

In this contest, contestants will focus on the subject of tracking target objects in images and thereby compete against each other in the recognition accuracy of algorithms while taking into consideration model sizes and reasoning time. Through holding the contest, the organizers will strive to encourage contestants to master or further cultivate skills that are applicable to high-speed processing in parallel with maintaining accuracy even with limited resources, e.g., data from IoT devices, and will also endeavor to contribute to making AI edge computing technology more popular.

1. Purpose of the contest

As the arrival of IoT society causes explosive growth in the amount of data generated in society, many industries have demanded the establishment of AI edge computing technology, a technology in which high-level information processing with less power consumption is provided at the “edges” of a network, rather than processing all data as it’s done in cloud computing. This has come as a result of the need to promote sophisticated utilization of a surge in data amounts.

Against this backdrop, METI and NEDO decided to hold the Third AI Edge Contest, aiming to discover outstanding computer technologies, ideas and human resources who can play a leading role in implementing these technologies and ideas as well as to encourage promising new human resources to enter these fields for the purpose of achieving innovative AI edge computing technology.

In the First AI Edge Contest, contestants competed against each other in the accuracy of algorithms focusing on the subject of detecting target objects and segmentation. In the Second Contest, contestants competed focusing on the subject of embedding image recognition systems in hardware (FPGAs). The Third Contest will focus on the subject of tracking target objects in images and contestants will compete in the recognition accuracy of algorithms while taking into consideration model sizes and reasoning time.

In assessing the outcomes of the contest, judges will check contestants’ incorrect actions and other problems as well as the reproducibility of their performance, and based on the results, conduct strict screening to determine successful award winners. The organizers will recognize such winners and award them extra prizes.

2. Details of the contest

Division in Charge

Device Industry and Digital Consumer Electronics Strategy Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau