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Eleven Teams To Participate in the Up Great AI Competition

Source: RIA News

Eleven Russian teams take part in the competition for the development of an artificial intelligence system to identify semantic, logical, and factual errors in texts, including in real essays by schoolchildren, written earlier in the exam, according to the announcement of the organizer of the competition — Russian Venture Company (RVC).

“Eleven teams will take part in tests of the first cycle of the Up Great PRO technology competition // READING. To win the competition and win a prize of 100 million roubles, the algorithm must cope with the task no worse than the teacher”, the release says.

Teams of such companies as Laboratory of Nanosemantics, Antiplagiat, Extrema, the Laboratory of Neural Systems and Deep Learning of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, specialists from the Moscow State University will take part in the tests. M.V. Lomonosov, RKhTU, named after D. I. Mendeleev, Institute of Informatics Systems SB of the RAS and independent developers. The teams represent Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Leningrad Region, Ufa, Novosibirsk, and Sochi. More than 180 applications were received for participation in the competition.

Tests for Russian texts are held on November 9, for texts in English — on November 16. The systems will have to analyze and find errors in 500 essays on Russian and English, literature, social studies, and history. A significant part of them is real examples of schoolchildren's essays within the USE (Russian abbr. — EGE). It takes no more than 30 seconds to check each text. After completing the tests, teachers will have to solve a similar problem — with a time limit of 10 minutes for each work.

The results of the first test cycle will be announced in December. The teams, whose algorithms find the most significant number of grammatical errors in the essay, will be able to claim victory in notable nominations with a prize fund of 20 million roubles. The competition takes place in several cycles and will last until the end of 2022.

“In the field of AI, we use ready-made solutions, which are often created not by us, but by foreign technology companies. Our task is for these solutions to include a significant part of the components developed in Russia. We need to understand how an AI decision is made. We need to be able to test it, ask questions, and get answers. And in the future, deploy such solutions, including in education. ... The goal of the competition is to create an AI that can help the teacher solve routine tasks. We took into account the experience of previous contests. The new one will last until 2022 in several cycles, in each of which the teams will have one attempt”, said Dmitry Peskov, special representative of the Russian President for digital and technological development, director of the Young Professionals direction of ASI.

As explained by Mikhail Antonov, Deputy General Director — Director for Development of RVC Innovation Infrastructure, preparations for the competition were carried out throughout the year: in partnership with dozens of AI experts, technical specialists, educators, criteria for assessing the quality of solutions were formalized, datasets were collected, and a specialized IT platform was developed.

“The Up Great Competition is a unique format of competition for AI developers, which has no analogs not only in Russia but also in the world. Similarly, technologies have not yet been created in the world with the help of which the competitive problem can be solved. Overcoming this barrier will allow us to bring a whole class of solutions in the field of natural language analysis to a new level, open up new markets and areas of the practical application of AI”, he said.

In turn, Kirill Kayem, Senior Vice President for Innovation at the Skolkovo Foundation, noted that artificial intelligence technologies for natural language processing are one of the priority areas of state policy in scientific and technological development.

“There is no doubt that after the participants' decisions cope with the verification of the essay at the semantic level, these developments will find their application not only in education but also in other areas. Among the teams taking part in the first tests of the ABM // READING competition — Skolkovo residents: Laboratory of Nanosemantics and Antiplagiat. Despite the complexity of the task, Russian developers have every chance to solve it. If not within the framework of these first tests, then in subsequent ones”, his words are quoted in the message.

The competitions were initiated by RVC, ASI, and the Skolkovo Foundation to implement the National Technology Initiative.

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