Optical Review

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 416–427 | Cite as

Noise reduction for lidar returns using self-adaptive wavelet neural network

  • Xuezhen Qin
  • Jiandong Mao
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Lidar has been widely applied in many fields, such as meteorology and environment. However, because lidar returns are very weak, the influence of noise on useful signal is very serious. To obtain useful lidar return signals from raw data, a self-adaptive method combining wavelet analysis and a neural network that suppresses noise is proposed, in which the orthogonal Daubechies wavelet family serves as node functions in the hidden layer of the neural network, a search algorithm is selected to optimize the parameters and thresholds, and the Levenberg–Marquardt algorithm is adopted in the neural network gradient algorithm. Some comparative experiments were carried out to verify the feasibility of the noise reduction method and the results showed that the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the common wavelet threshold denoising method is about 10, while that of the self-adaptive wavelet neural network denoising method is more than 20. From the experimental results, it can be seen that the wavelet neural network denoising method has less distortion and a higher SNR value than other methods, giving it superior performance.


Signal processing Lidar Wavelet neural network Denoising 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (Grant Nos. 61565001, 61168004, and 61450007), the Leading Talents of Scientific and Technological Innovation of Ningxia, the West Light Talent Plan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Key Scientific Research Project of Beifang University of Nationalities (Grant No. 2015KJ02), and the Scientific Research Project of Beifang University of Nationalities (Grant No. 2016GQR07).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electrical and Information EngineeringBeifang University of NationalitiesYinchuanChina

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