MAFAT Challenge

The Israeli Ministry of Defense Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) is excited to announce the launch of the “MAFAT challenge” - a series of prize competitions in the field of Data Science that are fully open to the general public, academic and industry sectors.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense is excited to announce the launch of the “DDR&D Data Science challenge” - a series of prize competitions in the field of Data Science that are fully open to the general public, academic and industry sectors.

We believe there is great potential in harnessing the advancements and innovations made by academic, tech-industry and individuals in order to provide more accurate and robust data science solutions.

Data scientists are always on the hunt for large, complex and trustworthy datasets, that represents real life problems. We have plenty of this kind of datasets and are thrilled by the possible advantages that can be gained by making datasets that are usually private and heavily protected, open to the public.

The goal of the challenge is to explore the potential of advanced Data Science methods to improve and enhance the IMOD current data products. The winning method may eventually be applied to real data and the winners may be invited to further collaborate with the IMOD on future projects.


Upcoming Competitions

Computer Vision (Q3 - 2018)

Participants goal is to detect and classify different objects found in high-resolution aerial imagery data. The classification includes fine-grained classification of sub-classes and unique features (Such as sunroof, color, air vents, etc.) Prizes:30,000 USD

link to competition site
The competition has ended! Final results are here : http://blog.mafatchallenge.com

Social Media Analysis

Coming later this year - keep in touch for updates

Statistical Estimation

Coming later this year - keep in touch for updates

Geospatial Analytics

Coming later this year - keep in touch for updates

Natural Language Processing

Coming later this year - keep in touch for updates

Audio Signal Processing

Coming later this year - keep in touch for updates

Electromagnetic Signal Processing

Coming later this year - keep in touch for updates

for more information please contact:
Eran_dahan@mod.gov.il
Tzvi_Diskin@mod.gov.il