Self-Paced Convolutional Neural Network for PolSAR Images Classification

Changzhe Jiao, Xinlin Wang, Shuiping Gou, Wenshuai Chen, Debo Li, Chao Chen, Xiaofeng Li
2019 Remote Sensing  
Fully polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) can transmit and receive electromagnetic energy on four polarization channels (HH, HV, VH, VV). The data acquired from four channels have both similarities and complementarities. Utilizing the information between the four channels can considerably improve the performance of PolSAR image classification. Convolutional neural network can be used to extract the channel-spatial features of PolSAR images. Self-paced learning has been demonstrated
more » ... be instrumental in enhancing the learning robustness of convolutional neural network. In this paper, a novel classification method for PolSAR images using self-paced convolutional neural network (SPCNN) is proposed. In our method, each pixel is denoted by a 3-dimensional tensor block formed by its scattering intensity values on four channels, Pauli's RGB values and its neighborhood information. Then, we train SPCNN to extract the channel-spatial features and obtain the classification results. Inspired by self-paced learning, SPCNN learns the easier samples first and gradually involves more difficult samples into the training process. This learning mechanism can make network converge to better values. The proposed method achieved state-of-the-art performances on four real PolSAR dataset.
doi:10.3390/rs11040424 fatcat:vrmdmbbz65c4xfab64vr3oxole