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A new web-based system for unsupervised classification of satellite images from the Google Maps engine
Author(s): Ángel Ferrán; Sergio Bernabé; Pablo García-Rodríguez; Antonio Plaza
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we develop a new web-based system for unsupervised classification of satellite images available from the Google Maps engine. The system has been developed using the Google Maps API and incorporates functionalities such as unsupervised classification of image portions selected by the user (at the desired zoom level). For this purpose, we use a processing chain made up of the well-known ISODATA and k-means algorithms, followed by spatial post-processing based on majority voting. The system is currently hosted on a high performance server which performs the execution of classification algorithms and returns the obtained classification results in a very efficient way. The previous functionalities are necessary to use efficient techniques for the classification of images and the incorporation of content-based image retrieval (CBIR). Several experimental validation types of the classification results with the proposed system are performed by comparing the classification accuracy of the proposed chain by means of techniques available in the well-known Environment for Visualizing Images (ENVI) software package. The server has access to a cluster of commodity graphics processing units (GPUs), hence in future work we plan to perform the processing in parallel by taking advantage of the cluster.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8514, Satellite Data Compression, Communications, and Processing VIII, 85140R (19 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929788
Show Author Affiliations
Ángel Ferrán, Univ. de Extremadura (Spain)
Sergio Bernabé, Univ. de Extremadura (Spain)
Pablo García-Rodríguez, Univ. de Extremadura (Spain)
Antonio Plaza, Univ. de Extremadura (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8514:
Satellite Data Compression, Communications, and Processing VIII
Bormin Huang; Antonio J. Plaza; Carole Thiebaut, Editor(s)

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