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Low level feature detection in SAR images

Abstract : In this thesis we develop low level feature detectors for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images to facilitate the joint use of SAR and optical data. Line segments and edges are very important low level features in images which can be used for many applications like image analysis, image registration and object detection. Contrarily to the availability of many efficient low level feature detectors dedicated to optical images, there are very few efficient line segment detector and edge detector for SAR images mostly because of the strong multiplicative noise. In this thesis we develop a generic line segment detector and an efficient edge detector for SAR images.The proposed line segment detector which is named as LSDSAR, is based on a Markovian a contrario model and the Helmholtz principle, where line segments are validated according to their meaningfulness. More specifically, a line segment is validated if its expected number of occurences in a random image under the hypothesis of the Markovian a contrario model is small. Contrarily to the usual a contrario approaches, the Markovian a contrario model allows strong filtering in the gradient computation step, since dependencies between local orientations of neighbouring pixels are permitted thanks to the use of a first order Markov chain. The proposed Markovian a contrario model based line segment detector LSDSAR benefit from the accuracy and efficiency of the new definition of the background model, indeed, many true line segments in SAR images are detected with a control of the number of false detections. Moreover, very little parameter tuning is required in the practical applications of LSDSAR. The second work of this thesis is that we propose a deep learning based edge detector for SAR images. The contributions of the proposed edge detector are two fold: 1) under the hypothesis that both optical images and real SAR images can be divided into piecewise constant areas, we propose to simulate a SAR dataset using optical dataset; 2) we propose to train a classical CNN (convolutional neural network) edge detector, HED, directly on the graident fields of images. This, by using an adequate method to compute the gradient, enables SAR images at test time to have statistics similar to the training set as inputs to the network. More precisely, the gradient distribution for all homogeneous areas are the same and the gradient distribution for two homogeneous areas across boundaries depends only on the ratio of their mean intensity values. The proposed method, GRHED, significantly improves the state-of-the-art, especially in very noisy cases such as 1-look images.
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Chenguang Liu. Low level feature detection in SAR images. Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition [cs.CV]. Institut Polytechnique de Paris, 2020. English. ⟨NNT : 2020IPPAT015⟩. ⟨tel-02861903⟩



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