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AISG Launches “Prize Challenge” to Curate Ideas and AI Models to Combat Fake Media

The “Trusted Media Challenge” is a five-month long competition aimed at attracting the AI community to design and test out AI models and solutions that will easily detect audiovisual fake media, where both video and audio modalities may be modified. The initiative – targeted at AI enthusiasts and researchers from around the world – aims to also strengthen Singapore’s position as a global AI hub by incentivising involvement of international contributors, and sourcing innovation ideas globally.

Participants in this Challenge will have access to datasets of original and fake media videos with audio. The Challenge is conducted in partnership with Mediacorp’s CNA and Singapore Press Holdings’ The Straits Times, who have provided about 800 real video clips including news and interviews. In addition, custom videos were collected from consented actors. In total, there are approximately 4,000 real clips and 8,000 fake video clips for the participants to train and test their models on.

The Challenge is open to researchers and industry professionals from around the globe, or anyone who is interested and/or experienced in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, especially in media forensics. Participants need to build AI models that estimate the probability that any given video is fake.

From today until 15 December 2021, participating teams can submit their solutions – codes and models – via the Challenge Platform provided by AI Singapore. This platform will automatically rank the submissions on the leaderboard.

The winner that emerges from this Challenge stands to earn prize money of S$100,000 and a start-up grant of S$300,000 to develop their solutions further, using Singapore as the development base. Prizes and start-up grants will be awarded to the top three winners. The total prize money amounts to S$700,000 (about US$500,000).

Fake media technology or deepfake tech is becoming mainstream, delivering benefits and yet posing a variety of threats. The technology has allowed movie producers to manage videos and dialogues without expensive reshoots, facilitated professional training, or has been used to protect the identities of those being persecuted, among other applications. At the other end of the spectrum, deepfakes are used to sow mistrust and seed scamming, making them an existential threat to societies today. If left unchecked, fake media risks becoming a serious national security concern.


Trusted Media Challenge Timelines
The Trusted Media Challenge opens on 15 July 2021. Interested participants can obtain full details and training data via the Challenge Platform

The Challenge is divided into 2 phases: Phase 1 will last 4 months. The top teams from Phase 1 will enter Phase 2. The best submissions will be counted and shown on the leader board; prize money will be given out based on the ranking in Phase 2.

The announcement of the top three winners is expected to take place in January 2022.


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