FEMA and other agencies launch AI challenge to improve disaster relief

“The Department of Defense has launched a new challenge to harness artificial intelligence to improve disaster relief operations.”

“The Defense Innovation Unit’s (DIU) xView2 Challenge seeks to automate post-disaster damage assessment. DIU is challenging machine learning experts to develop computer vision algorithms that will speed up analysis of satellite and aerial imagery by localizing and categorizing various types of building damage caused by natural disasters.”

“… We are always looking for ways to improve rapid damage assessment to ensure we and our partners deliver the right resources to the right places at the right time, and we are confident the DIU Challenge can contribute to that goal,” said FEMA Regional Administrator Robert Fenton, a partner in the challenge.” Read the full article here.

Source: DOD, FEMA and Other Agencies Launch Disaster Relief Innovation Challenge – August 15, 2019. Homeland Security Today.

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