The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume XXXIX-B3
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXIX-B3, 247–252, 2012
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXIX-B3, 247–252, 2012

  31 Jul 2012

31 Jul 2012


A. Barsi A. Barsi
  • Dept. of Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary

Keywords: Segmentation, Genetic algorithm, Differential evolution, Road detection

Abstract. In the urban object detection challenge organized by the ISPRS WG III/4 high geometric and radiometric resolution aerial images about Vaihingen/Stuttgart, Germany are distributed. The acquired data set contains optical false color, near infrared images and airborne laserscanning data. The presented research focused exclusively on the optical image, so the elevation information was ignored. The road detection procedure has been built up of two main phases: a segmentation done by neural networks and a compilation made by genetic algorithms. The applied neural networks were support vector machines with radial basis kernel function and self-organizing maps with hexagonal network topology and Euclidean distance function for neighborhood management. The neural techniques have been compared by hyperbox classifier, known from the statistical image classification practice. The compilation of the segmentation is realized by a novel application of the common genetic algorithm and by differential evolution technique. The genes were implemented to detect the road elements by evaluating a special binary fitness function. The results have proven that the evolutional technique can automatically find major road segments.