AITS: The 1st AI Challenge Contest
Artificial Intelligence Technology Strategy | Cabinet Office, Government of Japan | MEXT
  • Closing: Mar. 31, 2017
  • 2622 entries / 173 competitors
  • Equivalent of ¥ 1,000,000

Along with the worldwide advances in information science, artificial intelligence technologies and utilization of big data are making significant impacts on the various scientific fields and industries. In order to work out a roadmap for the purpose of development and industrialization of artificial intelligence, Artificial Intelligence Technology Strategy has been established. To promote this activity, an AI challenge competition is going to be held, where the participants compete each other to produce best model. We look forward to discovering those who are talented enough to develop and make use of AI technologies and educational effects brought by their outstanding solutions for the real-world problems.

Here, you are presented a challenge to create an image recognition algorithm that detect the areas of food from the picture and classify the food into categories by using image data from Cookpad.

Cookpad provides a receipt sharing platform, where more than 60 million people in Japan use every month and at this moment more than 2.5 million recipes are available. The rise of deep learning brought a remarkable effect of breaking accuracy record for image recognition. Food image recognition is considered to be relatively difficult as the shape of food and the ingredients vary.
Cookpad expects to bring its users the brand new experience in daily recipe selection with the advances in image recognition.


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Article 1. Definitions

1.For the purpose of these Terms, the following terms shall be defined as follows:

(1)"Site" means the website "SIGNATE (https://signate.jp)" on which the Competitions are posted.
(2)"Competition" means any competition on AI development or data analysis on the Site as held by the Host.
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(9)"Final Judgment" means the acceptance inspection and judgment, including reproducibility verification, by the Company for the Final Submissions and Submissions for Final Judgment of a Winner Candidate.
(10)"Winner" means the Winner Candidate who is informed by the Company that he/she has won a prize.
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Article 2. Competition

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3.Participants may submit the Submissions for the assignment of each Competition during the period of such Competition and submit a proposal on the method of solving the problem to the Host by the end of the period of the said Competition.
4.Participants may submit the Final Submissions in the form specified in each Competition by the time specified by the said Competition.
5.The Final Submissions as submitted shall be evaluated by the evaluation method as specified in each Competition and the final rank order shall be determined based on such evaluation.
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8.Participants shall not submit any Submissions that have no direct relationship to each Competition.
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Article 3. Reward and Vesting of Rights

1.Unless otherwise provided for, any Participant shall satisfy the following requirements in order to be entitled to receive a reward in any Competition that offers a reward:

(1)To be a winner;
(2)To agree to transfer to the Host and the relevant transferee of rights in such Competition all transferable rights, such as copyrights, rights to obtain patents and know-how, etc. in and to all analysis and prediction results, reports, written explanations on analysis and prediction model, algorism, source code and reproduction method, etc., and the Submissions contained in the Final Submissions and Submissions for Final Judgment (including the rights as prescribed in Article 27 and Article 28 of the Copyright Act and the rights to obtain patents; hereinafter referred to as the "Rights");
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(7)Not to breach any provision of these Terms and the Terms of Use.

2.Any Winner Candidate shall, after having received a notice from the Company that he/she is nominated as a winner candidate, submit the Submissions for Final Judgment on or before the designated date and communicate the matters requiring confirmation or response in relation to the Final Submissions and the Submissions for Final Judgment to the Company on or before the designated date, in accordance with the instructions of the Company. The Company shall carry out the final judgment based on such matters requiring confirmation or response. If the Company receives no confirmation or response satisfactory to the Company on or before the designated date, the Company may exclude such Winner Candidate from the subject of the final judgment.
3.If the Company considers that the Final Submissions or Submissions for Final Judgment need to be amended or modified, or there occur any additional matters requiring confirmation, in the course of the final judgment, any Winner Candidate shall take action or make response in relation to the matters that require amendment, etc. or the detailed information on the matters requiring confirmation, on or before the designated date in accordance with the instructions of the Company. If the Company receives no action or response satisfactory to the Company on or before the designated date, the Company may exclude such Winner Candidate from the final judgment.
4.The Company shall determine the Winner through the final judgment and inform the Winner to that effect.

Article 4. Confidentiality

1.Any Participant shall treat any information and data that they receive from the Company in relation to each Competition (hereinafter referred to as the "Company-Provided Information") as confidential information and shall not disclose the same to any third party and use the same for any purpose other than for such Competition and purpose specified by the Company separately; provided, however, that the confidential information shall not include any information that falls under any of the following items:

(1)Information that is known to the public at the time of the disclosure;
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(5)Information that is rightfully disclosed by any third party having a right to do so without the obligations of confidentiality (only in the case where such Participant may demonstrate such fact by reasonable means).

2.Any Participant shall delete or return to the Company the Company-Provided Information immediately after the completion of each Competition.
3.Any Winner shall handle his/her Final Submissions and Submissions for Final Judgment in the same manner as prescribed in paragraph 1 hereof.
4.If there is any separate arrangement in relation to the confidential information in each Competition, the provisions of such arrangement shall prevail over the provisions of these Terms.
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6.The provisions of this Article shall survive the termination of the relevant Competition or the Participant’s completion of the procedures for withdrawal from the service of the Company, with respect to the Company-Provided Information and the Winner’s Final Submissions and Submissions for Final Judgment for a period of five (5) years thereafter.

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1.The Company shall prohibit Participants from engaging in any of the following acts in any Competition:

(1)An act of cracking, cheating, spoofing other misconduct;
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(4)Transfer, offering as collateral or other disposition of the status as a Participant or the rights or obligations as a Participant (except with the prior written consent of the Company); and
(5)Any other act in breach of the Terms of Use.

2.If the Company deems that a Participant engages in any of the prohibited acts as prescribed in the preceding paragraph, the Company may, without prior notice to the Participant, disqualify the Participant from the Competition in which the Participant participates, temporarily suspend the Participant from using the service of the Company, withdraw the Participant’s membership, claim damages from the Participant or take any other measures deemed necessary by the Company.

Article 6. Change, Discontinuation or Termination of Provision of Services under These Terms

1.The Company may change or temporarily suspend the services provided by the Company under these Terms without prior notice to the members.
2.Upon one (1) month prior notice to the members, the Company may suspend for a long period of time or terminate the services provided by the Company under these Terms.
3.The Company shall not be liable for any results or damage arising from the measures taken by the Company under this Article.

Article 7. Modification of Terms

1.The Company may modify, add or delete any provisions of these Terms from time to time without the approval of the members.

Enforced on April 1, 2018

1. Area detection department
・Submissions are scored on the MAP (Mean Average Precision).
・The detection accuracy is measured by computing the area of overlap between the predicted bounding box and the ground truth bounding box.
・Number of predictions K on each image must be between 1 and 15.
・Those not submitting a report are not subject to win the idea category.

2. Classification department
・Submissions are scored on the Accuracy, the ratio of the number of accurate predictions to the total number of samples.
・Those not submitting the report are not subject to win the idea category.

Judges
・Takeshi Izaki
・Eisaku Oobuchi
・Shu Saito
・Issei Naruta
・Kiichi Yamato

Determination of the final rankings
1. During the competition, scores on the leaderboard are computed based solely on a fraction of the test set. We use the rest of the set to evaluate and determine the final ranking after the competition.

2. If you have the same score with the other participants, the rank will be placed on a first-submit.

Preliminary winners are asked to provide the following items:
 - Model source code
 - Pre-trained model
 - Model documentation*1 (Execution environment, execution time**1, random seed value*2, feature descriptions and importances*3, modeling approach, insights, and so on)
 *1: Give a description of each of the following parts: preprocessing, training, and predicting
 *2: Should be fixed in the source code
 *3: If available
 - Questionnaire (motivation for the competition, elapsed time, opinions and feedbacks on the competition, and so on)

3. When a preliminary winner falls under any of the following, it will lose its eligibility to claim the prize:
 - Does not respond to the contact within the prescribed period
 - Unable to reproduce the result
 - Does not meet the terms or rules

4. When a person is disqualified, its runner-up will be eligible for winning the prize.

Premise
Please keep in mind to create a practical model as each competition, in principle, has its own goal such as achieving business challenges, solving social problems, and sharing results of studies.

One account per individual
・You may have one account per participant.

Creating a team
Please follow these procedure to create a team.
 1. Create a SIGNATE account for each member.
 2. Send us a mailing list of the team by a team leader's email address.
Please use a team leader's account to submit predictions.

No private sharing
・Sharing code or data outside of teams is not permitted.

Data limitations
・Using external data is not permitted.

Other limitations
・You may use any softwares as long as they are open sourced and free.
・Modeling process should be divided into 3 parts and a source code for each part has to be executable independently.
 1. Preprocessing
  Define functions for both train and test set.
 2. Training
  Define functions that generate such as pre-trained model, feature importances, and results of cross validation.
 3. Predicting
  Define functions that generate predictions by importing input variables and pre-trained models.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - Competition Launch Date
Friday, March 31, 2017 - Competition End Date
Monday, April 10, 2017 - Deadline for Model Submission (preliminary winners only)
Early May, 2017 - Determination of winners
Monday, May 22, 2017 - Award Ceremony

Sponsors
Artificial Intelligence Technology Strategy
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Supporting organizations
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
RIKEN
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ)
The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence
The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (Pattern Recognition and Media Understanding, Multimedia on Cooking and Eating Activities, Human Communication Group)