A new dataset of Arctic images will spur artificial intelligence research

Kylie Foy – MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The US Coast Guard’s icebreaker Healy is capturing images of the Arctic to develop a dataset for AI analysis. The dataset aims to help advance naval mission planning, improve maritime domain awareness, and study climate change in the rapidly changing region. It will be used to train AI computer-vision tools to assist in USCG missions and automate analysis. The dataset, expected to be about 4 terabytes, will be released to the wider research community once the mission concludes in the fall, allowing for faster progress in AI applications for the Arctic.