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Public competition to sharpen views from Proba-V minisatellite

12 October 2018

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ESA is challenging ‘citizen scientists' to apply the latest AI and image processing techniques to upscale images acquired by the Earth-watching Proba-V minisatellite.

Upscaling is a familiar concept from modern HD or 4K TVs, which perform image processing to enhance the appearance of low-resolution, standard definition footage when played on higher-resolution screens.

That is purely cosmetic processing, however; what this new ‘super-resolution' competition is interested in is enhancing the spatial resolution of Earth observation images. This means you can see smaller objects more clearly by combining multiple lower-resolution images together to extract extra information on detailed features of the target site.

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