The goal of this competition is to predict a neutrino particle’s direction. You will develop a model based on data from the “IceCube” detector, which observes the cosmos from deep within the South Pole ice.
Your work could help scientists better understand exploding stars, gamma-ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes, neutron stars and the fundamental properties of the neutrino itself.
One of the most abundant particles in the universe is the neutrino. While similar to an electron, the nearly massless and electrically neutral neutrinos have fundamental properties that make them difficult to detect. Yet, to gather enough information to probe the most violent astrophysical sources, scientists must estimate the direction of neutrino events. If algorithms could be made considerably faster and more accurate, it would allow for more neutrino events to be analyzed, possibly even in real-time and dramatically increase the chance to identify cosmic neutrino sources. Rapid detection could enable networks of telescopes worldwide to search for more transient phenomena.
Researchers have developed multiple approaches over the past ten years to reconstruct neutrino events. However, problems arise as existing solutions are far from perfect. They’re either fast but inaccurate or more accurate at the price of huge computational costs.
The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is the first detector of its kind, encompassing a cubic kilometer of ice and designed to search for the nearly massless neutrinos. An international group of scientists is responsible for the scientific research that makes up the IceCube Collaboration.
By making the process faster and more precise, you’ll help improve the reconstruction of neutrinos. As a result, we could gain a clearer image of our universe.
$40,000 will be awarded to the Top 3 teams with the highest scores on the Kaggle Leaderboard at the conclusion of the competition:
- 1st Place – $18,000
- 2nd Place – $12,000
- 3rd Place – $10,000
“Most Interesting Solution Writeup” Prizes
$5,000 will be awarded to 5 teams ($1,000 each) for the “most interesting solution writeup” from the top 30 final leaderboard finishers at the conclusion of the competition. Please see “Writeup Scoring Rubrics” for the details of the evaluation criteria.
Early Sharing Prize
$5,000 will be awarded to the team with the highest private leaderboard score as of February 2, 2023 11:59PM UTC (2 weeks from the start of the competition) among submission notebooks published by February 4, 2023 11:59PM UTC. Please see “Early Sharing Prize” for the details on how the Early Sharing Prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the competition.