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Semantic segmentation of urban scenes by learning local class interactions

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW), 2015 IEEE Conference on
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2015


Email Print Request Permissions Traditionally, land-cover mapping from remote sensing images is performed by classifying each atomic region in the image in isolation and by enforcing simple smoothing priors via random fields models as two independent steps. In this paper, we propose to model the segmentation problem by a discriminatively trained Conditional Random Field (CRF). To this end, we employ Structured Support Vector Machines (SSVM) to learn the weights of an informative set of appearance descriptors jointly with local class interactions. We propose a principled strategy to learn pairwise potentials encoding local class preferences from sparsely annotated ground truth. We show that this approach outperform standard baselines and more expressive CRF models, improving by 4-6 points the average class accuracy on a challenging dataset involving urban high resolution satellite imagery.

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