Published on Tue Jul 31 2018

Remote sensing image regression for heterogeneous change detection

Luigi T. Luppino, Filippo M. Bianchi, Gabriele Moser, Stian N. Anfinsen

Change detection in heterogeneous multitemporal satellite images is an emerging topic in remote sensing. We propose a framework, based on image regression, to perform change detection in these images.

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Abstract

Change detection in heterogeneous multitemporal satellite images is an emerging topic in remote sensing. In this paper we propose a framework, based on image regression, to perform change detection in heterogeneous multitemporal satellite images, which has become a main topic in remote sensing. Our method learns a transformation to map the first image to the domain of the other image, and vice versa. Four regression methods are selected to carry out the transformation: Gaussian processes, support vector machines, random forests, and a recently proposed kernel regression method called homogeneous pixel transformation. To evaluate not only potentials and limitations of our framework, but also the pros and cons of each regression method, we perform experiments on two data sets. The results indicates that random forests achieve good performance, are fast and robust to hyperparameters, whereas the homogeneous pixel transformation method can achieve better accuracy at the cost of a higher complexity.