Introduction

There will be 1 billion cameras by 2020. Transportation is one of the largest segments that can benefit from actionable insights derived from data captured by these cameras. Between traffic, signaling systems, transportation systems, infrastructure, and transit, the opportunity for insights from these cameras to make transportation systems safer and smarter is immense. Unfortunately, there are several reasons why these potential benefits have not yet materialized for this vertical. Poor data quality, the lack of labels for the data, and the lack of high quality models that can convert the data into actionable insights are some of the biggest impediments to unlocking the value of the data. There is also need for platforms that allow for appropriate analysis from edge to cloud, which will accelerate the development and deployment of these models. The NVIDIA AI City Challenge Workshop at CVPR 2018 will specifically focus on ITS problems such as

  • Estimating traffic flow characteristics, such as speed
  • Leveraging unsupervised approaches to detect anomalies caused by crashes, stalled vehicles, etc. This is the only way to get the humans in the loop pay attention to meaningful visual information
  • Multi-camera tracking, and object re-identification in urban environments.

We solicit original contributions in these and related areas where computer vision and specifically deep learning has shown promise in achieving large scale practical deployment that will help make cities smarter and safer.

To accelerate the research and development of techniques that rely less on supervised approaches and more on transfer learning, unsupervised and semi-supervised approaches that go beyond bounding boxes we will also be organizing a competition as part of the Challenge.