ISAE-SUPAERO & IRT Saint Exupéry organised a 2nd Hackathon on Artificial Intelligence in the field of Big Data for spatial remote sensing observation
The Hackathon initiative, led by Emmanuel Rachelson from “Decision science” team of ISAE-SUPAERO, consists of groups of students solving problems during a 3 day challenge. One use cases has been submitted to 30 ISAE-SUPAERO students split in 6 groups. The objective was to develop and test AI technics, to obtain the best possible performances for each use case. SYNAPSE project (whose industrial members are Airbus Defence and Space, Airbus Group Innovation, Thales Alenia Space, Thales Service and Telespazio) has provided an industrial use case and earth observation data: Land cover classification on optical images. IRT Saint Exupéry was also actively involved in the challenge definition, organisation and supervision.
This second experience was successful and the feedback from both ISAE-SUPAERO students, teachers and researchers are very positive. The work done by students was quite impressive and the methods tested were often innovative. The 3-day format was very motivating for students giving a positive and non-stressing challenge. The interaction between students, teachers and experts was very fruitful. ISAE-SUPAERO and IRT Saint Exupéry are currently making a detailed sharing of experience and are considering to continue Hackathon initiative the next year.
Through this Hackathon IRT Saint Exupéry and ISAE-SUPAERO have reinforced the cooperation between industry and education and research organizations. This event has also reinforced already existing links in the field of AI technologies relative to SYNASPE project use.