USGIF has partnered with NVIDIA to offer an essay challenge to individuals attending and/or working at one of USGIF’s 14 accredited universities. Three challenge winners will be selected to receive two NVIDIA Titan Xp graphics processing units (GPUs) each.

Applicants from accredited schools are invited to write a four-page essay answering the challenge question: “If you were given dedicated access to an NVIDIA GPU-powered supercomputer, what problems could you solve?”

NVIDIA GPU computing accelerates computationally intensive tasks and helps state-of-the-art technologies like artificial intelligence become reality. Today, computers can simulate human intelligence, run deep learning algorithms, enable robots, and power self-driving cars.

This challenge is only open to students, researchers, staff, and faculty attending or working at one of the 14 accredited universities under USGIF’s Collegiate Accreditation Program.

“In a rapidly changing GEOINT environment, USGIF has close collaborations with industry to ensure our academic partners continue to advance their computational capability over the next decade and that they achieve scientific progress at all scales,” said Dr. Camelia Kantor, USGIF’s Director of Academic Programs. “This challenge is just another example of USGIF’s commitment to strengthen national and global security through our accredited programs.”

USGIF’s Collegiate Accreditation Program prepares students with the necessary knowledge and skills upon entering the professional geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) workforce. USGIF-accredited GEOINT programs include Fayetteville State University, George Mason University, James Madison University, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Northeastern University, Penn State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Utah, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Missouri, the University of Redlands, the University of South Carolina, the University of Southern California, and the U.S. Military Academy.

The deadline for essay submissions is Sept. 30. Please email essay submissions and/or questions to GPUChallenge@usgif.org. Winners will be selected in fall 2017.

Photo Credit: NVIDIA

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