L-shaped corner detector for rooftop extraction from satellite/aerial imagery

L-shaped corner detector for rooftop extraction from satellite/aerial imagery
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L-shaped corner detector for rooftop extraction from satellite/aerial imagery
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21 September 2015
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"L-shaped corner detector for rooftop extraction from satellite/aerial imagery", Proc. SPIE 9643, Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing XXI, 964318 (October 15, 2015)
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Rooftop extraction from satellite/aerial imagery is an important geo-spatial problem with many practical applications. However, rooftop extraction remains a challenging problem due to the diverse characteristics and appearances of the buildings, as well as the quality of the satellite/aerial images. Many existing rooftop extraction methods use rooftop corners as a basic component. Nonetheless, existing rooftop corner detectors either suffer from high missed detection or introduce high false alarm. Based on the observation that rooftop corners are typically of L-shape, we propose an L-shaped corner detector for automatic rooftop extraction from high resolution satellite/aerial imagery. The proposed detector considers information in a spatial circle around each pixel to construct a feature map which captures the probability of L-shaped corner at every pixel. Our experimental results on a rooftop database of over 200 buildings demonstrate its effectiveness for detecting rooftop corners. Furthermore, our proposed detector is complementary to many existing rooftop extraction approaches which require reliable rooftop corners as their inputs. For instance, it can be used in the quadrilateral footprint extraction methods or in driving level-set-based segmentation techniques.
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Copyright 2015 Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.
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