Variational Segmentation of Polarimetric SAR Image By Using a Continous Potts Model and Automatic Initialization

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 202)

Abstract

In this chapter, a polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) image segmentation approach is proposed in the variational framework. A novel continuous Potts model which takes advantage of the complex Wishart distribution is built for PolSAR image segmentation. Moreover, an automatic initialization technique is adopted to initialize the segmentation process. The automatic initialization approach can determine the number of clusters by PolSAR data itself. Compared with previous variational PolSAR segmentation approaches, the proposed approach makes use of the scattering characteristic and statistical characteristic together to segment PolSAR images in a completely unsupervised way. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach. Without any artificial supervision, the proposed approach can produce superior segmentation results than the traditional level set method and \( Wishart - H - \alpha \) classification approach.

Keywords

Variational PolSAR image segmentation Level set Automatic initialization 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Projects 60802065 and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities under Projects ZYGX2009Z005.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ying Tan
    • 1
  • Zongjie Cao
    • 1
  • Jilan Feng
    • 1
  • Zongyong Cui
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electronic EngineeringUniversity of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaChengduChina

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