Pre-Crash Cassini Challenge
Since 2004, the Cassini Spacecraft has been beaming images of Saturn’s rings back to scientists on Earth. Over the past two years, Topcoder has run data science and code challenges to develop valuable new approaches for analyzing disturbances in the Rings.
To encourage citizen science to help analyze the enormous store of Cassini spacecraft data captured over the years, the algorithms were posted to Github.
To help boost attention on the toolset and on the opportunity to contribute to the world’s store of science on Saturn, Topcoder is pleased to announce we are re-opening our NASA Tournament Lab Cassini Rings Challenge! In addition to encouraging Earthlings to join the research, the goal of this challenge is to improve the performance of the ring detection algorithms – specifically to reduce false positives. The highest performers will stand to win exclusive mission jerseys and recognition. And if the best solutions help move research forward and result in published work, author of the solution will be recognized as a co-author on the published work.
The Challenge will launch at the Regional TCO in Austin Texas on Saturday April 29, 2017. The problem statement and data will be made available prior to the event, on Wednesday April 26. There will be cash prizes and some awesome space swag for winners. More details coming soon!
The Challenge will remain open until Cassini crashes into Saturn…. in September.