We observe that satellite imagery is a powerful source of information as it contains more structured and uniform data, compared to traditional images. Although computer vision community has been accomplishing hard tasks on everyday image datasets using deep learning, satellite images are only recently gaining attention for maps and population analysis. This workshop aims at bringing together a diverse set of researchers to advance the state-of-the-art in satellite image analysis.
To direct more attention to such approaches, we propose DeepGlobe Satellite Image Understanding Challenge, structured around three different satellite image understanding tasks. The datasets created and released for this competition may serve as reference benchmarks for future research in satellite image analysis. Furthermore, since the challenge tasks will involve "in the wild" forms of classic computer vision problems, these datasets have the potential to become valuable testbeds for the design of robust vision algorithms, beyond the area of remote sensing.