Charles River Analytics Wins Contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to Tag Training Data Using Gaming Techniques


Charles River Analytics won a contract worth approximately $1 million from NGA to continue developing Gamified Analysis Tasks for Heightened Engagement Across Repetitions (GATHER). Analysts at NGA must produce reliable, labeled training data to automate imagery analysis tasks. GATHER’s gamification techniques are designed to help analysts stay motivated and have fun during this important but often tedious work.

Figure: GATHER uses gamification to help analysts stay focused when labeling training data for automation

During the initial phase of GATHER, Charles River Analytics developed a survival-crafting game, At the Map’s Edge, which tells an engaging story around gamified analysis tasks, motivating analysts to perform high-quality efficient image content extraction. The second phase of this work will determine how well GATHER can increase the speed and effectiveness of training data generation.

“GATHER makes it more exciting for analysts to prepare the labeled data needed to train automation algorithms. Its flexible game framework lets analysts use the existing tools they’re familiar with, giving them adaptive nudges, hints, and rewards as they work, which helps them stay engaged during this tedious task,” said Leonard Eusebi, Principal Investigator and Scientist at Charles River Analytics.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) under Contract No. HM047620C0066. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NGA.

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