Event Date: 
July 1, 2017
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), iarpa.gov

Imagine if there was a way to identify an unknown substance in real-time, by simply pointing a scanner at the surface in which the substance is located. Chemicals, or areas containing potential chemical residues, could be scanned at standoff range and the substance identified on the spot. Such a development would enable expedited results in time sensitive situations and “one hundred percent” screening for security or process control. The Modeling of Reflectance Given Only Transmission of High-concentration Spectra for Chemical Recognition Over Widely-varying Environments (MORGOTH’S CROWN) Challenge seeks development of algorithms that would help accomplish just that!

This summer, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is excited to conduct the MORGOTH’S CROWN Challenge. The Challenge invites participants from around the world to develop algorithms to predict changes in a chemical’s infrared (IR) spectrum caused by changes in its molecular environment. Participants will join a global community working to benchmark research and foster innovation in IR spectral prediction through crowdsourcing.

The MORGOTH’S CROWN Challenge is related to our Standoff Illuminator for Measuring Absorbance and Reflectance Infrared Light Signatures (SILMARILS) program, https://www.iarpa.gov/index.php/research-programs/silmarils, which works to improve real-time methods for standoff detection and identification of chemical residues on surfaces using active infrared spectroscopy with spectral, physical, and chemical information to yield hardware and software models that are fast and accurate.

PRIZES: MORGOTH'S CROWN Challenge will have two tracks: a prize track and a non-prize track. The non-prize track is open to SILMARILS Performers and Affiliates and other non-qualifying participants. Winners will be announced for each track, but only those winners in the prize track will be eligible for cash prizes from a total prize purse of $50,000.

Winners from both tracks will be publicly recognized by IARPA in the final announcements based on their performance. Throughout the challenge, Topcoder's online leaderboard will display your rankings and accomplishments, giving you various opportunities to have your work viewed and appreciated by stakeholders from industry, government, and academic communities, regardless of the track in which you qualify. For full participant eligibility requirements and official rules, visit Topcoder.com.