Title: TEXTURE-BASED VESSEL CLASSIFIER FOR ELECTRO-OPTICAL SATELLITE IMAGERY
Authors: FERNANDEZ ARGUEDAS VIRGINIA
Publisher: IEEE
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC95161
ISBN: 978-1-4799-8339-1
URI: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=7351529
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC95161
DOI: 10.1109/ICIP.2015.7351529
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Satellite imagery provides a valuable source of information for maritime surveillance. The vast majority of the research regarding satellite imagery for maritime surveillance focuses on vessel detection and image enhancement, whilst vessel classification remains a largely unexplored research topic. This paper presents a vessel classifier for spaceborne electrooptical imagery based on a feature representative across all satellite imagery, texture. Local Binary Patterns were selected to represent vessels for their high distinctivity and low computational complexity. Considering vessels characteristic super-structure, the extracted vessel signatures are sub-divided in three sections bow, middle and stern. A hierarchical decision-level classification is proposed, analysing first each vessel section individually and then combining the results in the second stage. The proposed approach is evaluated with the electro-optical satellite image dataset presented in [1]. Experimental results reveal an accuracy of 85.64% across four vessel categories.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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