Remote Sensing Applications and Decision Support

Urban vehicle detection in high-resolution aerial images via superpixel segmentation and correlation-based sequential dictionary learning

[+] Author Affiliations
Xunxun Zhang, Hongke Xu, Jianwu Fang

Chang’an University, School of Electronic and Control Engineering, Xi’an, China

Gang Sheng

Research Institute of Highway Ministry of Transport, Beijing, China

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 11(2), 026028 (Jun 07, 2017). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.11.026028
History: Received December 20, 2016; Accepted April 17, 2017
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Abstract.  Vehicle detection in high-resolution aerial images has received widespread interests when it comes to providing the required information for traffic management and urban planning. It is challenging due to the relatively small size of the vehicles and the complex background. Furthermore, it is particularly challenging if the higher detection efficiency is required. Therefore, an urban vehicle detection algorithm is proposed via improved entropy rate clustering (IERC) and correlation-based sequential dictionary learning (CSDL). First, to enhance the detection accuracy, IERC is designed to generate more regular superpixels. It aims to avoid the situation that one superpixel sometimes straddles multiple vehicles. The generated superpixels are then treated as the seeds for the training sample selection. Then, CSDL is constructed to achieve a fast sequential training and updating of the dictionary. In CSDL, only the atoms correlated with the sparse representation of the new training data are inferred. Finally, comprehensive analyses and comparisons on two data sets demonstrate that the proposed method generates satisfactory and competitive results.

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Xunxun Zhang ; Hongke Xu ; Jianwu Fang and Gang Sheng
"Urban vehicle detection in high-resolution aerial images via superpixel segmentation and correlation-based sequential dictionary learning", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 11(2), 026028 (Jun 07, 2017). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.11.026028


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