A Sensor-Driven Hierarchical Method for Domain Adaptation in Classification of Remote Sensing Images

C. Paris, L. Bruzzone*

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This paper presents a sensor-driven hierarchical domain adaptation method that aims at transferring the knowledge from a source domain (RS image where reference data are available) to a different but related target domain (RS image where no labeled reference data are available) for solving a classification problem. Due to the different acquisition conditions, a difference in the source and target distributions of the features representing the same class is generally expected. To solve this problem, the proposed method takes advantage from the availability of multisensor data to hierarchically detect features subspaces where for some classes data manifolds are partially (or completely) aligned. These feature subspaces are associated with invariant physical properties of classes measured by the sensors in the scene, i.e., measures having almost the same behavior in both domains. The detection of these invariant feature subspaces allows us to infer labels of the target samples that result more aligned to the source data for the considered subset of classes. Then, the labeled target samples are analyzed in the full feature space to classify the remaining target samples of the same classes. Finally, for those classes for which none of the sensors can measure invariant features, we perform the adaptation via a standard active learning technique. Experimental results obtained on two real multisensor data sets confirm the effectiveness of the proposed method.
Original languageUndefined
Article number8088346
Pages (from-to)1308-1324
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE transactions on geoscience and remote sensing
Issue number3
Early online date27 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


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