Object-based road extraction from satellite images using ant colony optimization

Mehdi Maboudi, Jalal Amini, Michael Hahn, Mehdi Saati
2016 International Journal of Remote Sensing  
Increasing demands for up-to-date road network and the availability of very-high-resolution (VHR) satellite images as well as the popularity of high-speed computers provide motivation and preliminary materials for researchers to propose more advanced approaches in order to increase the automation and robustness of road extraction strategies. In this article, road characteristics are modelled via object-based image analysis (OBIA). Object-based information is embedded as heuristic information in
more » ... the ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithm for handling the road network extraction problem. A new neighbourhood definition in object space is introduced, which affects the transition rule in order to decrease the road gaps. Furthermore, an innovative desirability function for ACO is designed, which extracts the road objects, competently. The experimental results demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed algorithm for road extraction from VHR images. Moreover, the results of two state-of-the-art methods are compared with the proposed algorithm. ARTICLE HISTORY
doi:10.1080/01431161.2016.1264026 fatcat:brqd2bsyvre6hmxotbgofh4kru