Section: New Results
A multi-task deep learning framework coupling semantic segmentation and image reconstruction for very high resolution imagery
Participants: Maria Papadomanolaki and Maria Vakalopoulou (Collaboration: Konstantinos Karantzalos, National Technical University of Athens)
Semantic segmentation, especially for very high-resolution satellite data, is one of the pillar problems in the remote sensing community. Lately, deep learning techniques are the ones that set the state-of-the-art for a number of benchmark datasets, however, there are still a lot of challenges that need to be addressed, especially in the case of limited annotations. To this end, in this study , we propose a novel framework based on deep neural networks that is able to address concurrently semantic segmentation and image reconstruction in an end to end training. Under the proposed formulation, the image reconstruction acts as a regularization, constraining efficiently the solution in the entire image domain. This self-supervised component helps significantly the generalization of the network for the semantic segmentation, especially in cases of a low number of annotations. Experimental results and the performed quantitative evaluation on the publicly available ISPRS (WGIII/4) dataset indicate the great potential of the developed approach.