Aim for the Stars: Take the Intel® AI Interplanetary Challenge

Participate in the 6-Week Cadet Explorer Mission Using AI to Solve
Space-Related Problems for a Chance to Win Prizes 

If you’re an AI-focused software developer with a passion for space adventure, the Intel® AI Academy and the Planetary Society have a special mission for you:  Enlist now in the Intel® AI Interplanetary Challenge, your opportunity to apply Intel® technologies for artificial intelligence to solve real-world space exploration problems.

Join science celebrity hosts Bill Nye the Science Guy and “Star Trek: Voyager” actor and space enthusiast Robert Picardo on a weekly mission to study AI in space exploration.  They and special guest presenters will guide you through a series of space-themed videos, quizzes, and other engaging interactive content.   It’s designed to expand your understanding of how Intel technologies for AI contribute to AI’s role in space exploration.  

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Your first Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It . . .

There will be two missions in the Intel AI Interplanetary Challenge:

Cadet Explorer Mission – Over the course of six-weeks, you’ll learn about key areas of space exploration where AI can help solve important challenges using Intel technology.  Cadet Explorers can enter to win prizes by following Intel on social media, signing up for Intel® AI Academy, and answering two challenge questions based on each week’s video topics.  Those topics will cover:

Image Recognition on Kepler:   How the Kepler space telescope uses AI to improve space exploration.
Planetary Defense:  How AI helps us watch for objects that could collide with Earth.
Interstellar Mission on 100th Anniversary of Apollo: How AI is programmed to handle diplomacy in a first-contact scenario.
Future AI Explorers:  Using AI to make fully independent space explorers.
AI on Curiosity:  How the Mars rover Curiosity uses AI to manage its systems and keep itself “alive.”
Safety and AI in Space:  Using AI to maintain and manage off-planet human settlements.


Meet Our Expert Guest Presenters

In addition to Bill Nye and Robert Picardo, contributors to the Intel AI Interplanetary Challenge will include leaders in the fields of artificial intelligence and space exploration, including:

Dr. Emily Lakdawalla, award-winning journalist, science communicator and educator. She writes and edits the Planetary Society Blog and is a contributing editor for Sky & Telescope magazine.


Dr. Hanlin Tang, a principal engineer in the Intel AI Products Group, where he leads several projects in computer vision.  He joined Intel when it acquired deep learning startup Nervana Systems. 


Dr. Newton Campbell, senior software engineer for a.i. solutions, Inc., where he leads his team in developing a high-speed software router for NASA Space Systems. 



The Second Mission . . .

Super Explorer Mission – The Challenge hits warp speed in the remaining four-week phase.  That’s when you’ll be tasked with using AI in unique and creative ways as you apply Intel® platform-optimized frameworks, Intel® DevCloud and developer tools to solve real-world problems in space exploration.  Watch for Super Explorer mission details, coming soon.


Are You Up to the Challenge?

The Intel AI Interplanetary Challenge is open to any US or Canadian developer, data scientist, student, or AI enthusiast with an interest in learning about Intel technologies for AI and their applications in space exploration.  This is your opportunity to contribute fresh ideas, gain peer recognition, win cool prizes, and meet internationally recognized personalities who popularize the sciences in the public imagination.

The Intel AI Interplanetary Challenge offers the AI developer community a means to learn and contribute solution ideas to one of the most important applications of artificial intelligence – space exploration. Sign up now to participate.

Join the Intel® AI Academy 

Sign up for Intel® AI Academy and access essential learning materials, community, tools and technology to boost your AI development.  Apply to become an AI Student Ambassador and share your expertise with other student data scientists and developers.

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