, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 495–530 | Cite as

Automatically Conflating Road Vector Data with Orthoimagery

  • Ching-Chien ChenEmail author
  • Craig A. Knoblock
  • Cyrus Shahabi


Recent growth of the geospatial information on the web has made it possible to easily access a wide variety of spatial data. The ability to combine various sets of geospatial data into a single composite dataset has been one of central issues of modern geographic information processing. By conflating diverse spatial datasets, one can support a rich set of queries that could have not been answered given any of these sets in isolation. However, automatically conflating geospatial data from different data sources remains a challenging task. This is because geospatial data obtained from various data sources may have different projections, different accuracy levels and different formats (e.g., raster or vector format), thus resulting in various positional inconsistencies. Most of the existing algorithms only deal with vector to vector data conflation or require human intervention to accomplish vector data to imagery conflation. In this paper, we describe a novel geospatial data fusion approach, named AMS-Conflation, which achieves automatic vector to imagery conflation. We describe an efficient technique to automatically generate control point pairs from the orthoimagery and vector data by exploiting the information from the vector data to perform localized image processing on the orthoimagery. We also evaluate a filtering technique to automatically eliminate inaccurate pairs from the generated control points. We show that these conflation techniques can automatically align the roads in orthoimagery, such that 75% of the conflated roads are within 3.6 meters from the real road axes compared to 35% for the original vector data for partial areas of the county of St. Louis, MO.


conflation fusion vector data orthoimagery template matching rubber-sheeting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ching-Chien Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Craig A. Knoblock
    • 2
  • Cyrus Shahabi
    • 2
  1. 1.Geosemble TechnologiesEl SegundoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science & Information Sciences InstituteUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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