An object-based semantic classification method of high resolution satellite imagery using ontology

H.Y. Gu*, H.T. Li, T. Blaschke

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Abstract

Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis (GEOBIA) techniques have become increasingly popular in recent years and are able to incorporate and develop ontology model within the classification process. They have been claimed to represent a paradigm shift in remote sensing interpretation. Nevertheless, it is lack of formal expression and objective modelling of the whole process of GEOBIA, and lack of the study of semantic classification method using ontology. A major reason is the complexity of the process of GEOBIA. The study has put forward an object-based semantic classification method of high resolution satellite imagery using ontology that aims to fully exploit the advantages of ontology to GEOBIA. A detailed workflow has been introduced that has three steps: ontology modelling, initial classification based on data-driven machine learning method, and semantic classification based on knowledge-driven expert rules method. The whole process of GEOBA is organized organically and expressed explicitly using ontology, and the semantic relations are expressed in the formal language that the computer could operate. Image objects are classified based on ontology model and using machine learning method and expert rules. From the result it is well understood that the method enhances the existing GEOBIA techniques with the help of the ontology, which expresses and organizes the whole process of GEOBIA, and establishes their relations, and provides semantic meaning for GEOBIA. In particular, we found that it provides an ontology model and method for further classifications and large scale applications, and the method using ontology is suitable for automatic classification.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of GEOBIA 2016
Subtitle of host publicationSolutions and synergies, 14-16 September 2016, Enschede, Netherlands
EditorsN. Kerle, M. Gerke, S. Lefevre
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-90-365-4201-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis, GEOBIA 2016: Solutions & Synergies - University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 14 Sep 201616 Sep 2016
Conference number: 6
https://www.geobia2016.com/

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis, GEOBIA 2016
Abbreviated titleGEOBIA
CountryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period14/09/1616/09/16
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