Rotation-aware building instance segmentation from high-resolution remote sensing images

Wufan Zhao, Jiaming Na, Mengmeng Li*, Hu Ding

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While extracting buildings from high-resolution remote sensing imagery has been widely conducted in automatic surveying and mapping, challenges remain in building extraction over complex scenes, particularly for densely rotated objects with fuzzy boundaries. This study proposes a rotation-aware building instance segmentation network (RotSegNet) that integrates a refined rotated detector to extract rotation equivariant and invariant features. A boundary refinement module is added to the segmentation network to extract fine-grained boundary features. We evaluated our method using the WHU building dataset and AFCities dataset. Our RotSegNet generated a minimum of 2.5% and 0.8% mean Average Precision (mAP) on the two datasets compared with other state-of-the-art methods, which shows the superiority of our method. Results also show that the proposed method can produce regularized buildings with high geometric accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6514705
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE geoscience and remote sensing letters
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2022


  • Building instance segmentation
  • High-resolution remote sensing
  • Rotation equivariant
  • Rotation-aware building instance segmentation network (RotSegNet)
  • n/a OA procedure


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