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Title: Convolutional networks for vehicle track segmentation

Abstract

Existing methods to detect vehicle tracks in coherent change detection images, a product of combining two synthetic aperture radar images taken at different times of the same scene, rely on simple, fast models to label track pixels. These models, however, are unable to capture natural track features such as continuity and parallelism. More powerful, but computationally expensive models can be used in offline settings. We present an approach that uses dilated convolutional networks consisting of a series of 3-by-3 convolutions to segment vehicle tracks. The design of our networks considers the fact that remote sensing applications tend to operate in low power and have limited training data. As a result, we aim for small, efficient networks that can be trained end-to-end to learn natural track features entirely from limited training data. We demonstrate that our 6-layer network, trained on just 90 images, is computationally efficient and improves the F-score on a standard dataset to 0.992, up from 0.959 obtained by the current state-of-the-art method.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1399516
Report Number(s):
SAND-2017-7708J
Journal ID: ISSN 1931-3195; 655673
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Jounral of Applied Remote Sensing
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 04; Journal ID: ISSN 1931-3195
Publisher:
SPIE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Quach, Tu-Thach. Convolutional networks for vehicle track segmentation. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1117/1.JRS.11.042603.
Quach, Tu-Thach. Convolutional networks for vehicle track segmentation. United States. doi:10.1117/1.JRS.11.042603.
Quach, Tu-Thach. Sat . "Convolutional networks for vehicle track segmentation". United States. doi:10.1117/1.JRS.11.042603. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1399516.
@article{osti_1399516,
title = {Convolutional networks for vehicle track segmentation},
author = {Quach, Tu-Thach},
abstractNote = {Existing methods to detect vehicle tracks in coherent change detection images, a product of combining two synthetic aperture radar images taken at different times of the same scene, rely on simple, fast models to label track pixels. These models, however, are unable to capture natural track features such as continuity and parallelism. More powerful, but computationally expensive models can be used in offline settings. We present an approach that uses dilated convolutional networks consisting of a series of 3-by-3 convolutions to segment vehicle tracks. The design of our networks considers the fact that remote sensing applications tend to operate in low power and have limited training data. As a result, we aim for small, efficient networks that can be trained end-to-end to learn natural track features entirely from limited training data. We demonstrate that our 6-layer network, trained on just 90 images, is computationally efficient and improves the F-score on a standard dataset to 0.992, up from 0.959 obtained by the current state-of-the-art method.},
doi = {10.1117/1.JRS.11.042603},
journal = {Jounral of Applied Remote Sensing},
number = 04,
volume = 11,
place = {United States},
year = {Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Sat Aug 19 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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