SAFFNet: Self-Attention-Based Feature Fusion Network for Remote Sensing Few-Shot Scene Classification

Joseph Kim, Mingmin Chi
2021 Remote Sensing  
In real applications, it is necessary to classify new unseen classes that cannot be acquired in training datasets. To solve this problem, few-shot learning methods are usually adopted to recognize new categories with only a few (out-of-bag) labeled samples together with the known classes available in the (large-scale) training dataset. Unlike common scene classification images obtained by CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) cameras, remote sensing scene classification datasets tend to have plentiful
more » ... ture features rather than shape features. Therefore, it is important to extract more valuable texture semantic features from a limited number of labeled input images. In this paper, a multi-scale feature fusion network for few-shot remote sensing scene classification is proposed by integrating a novel self-attention feature selection module, denoted as SAFFNet. Unlike a pyramidal feature hierarchy for object detection, the informative representations of the images with different receptive fields are automatically selected and re-weighted for feature fusion after refining network and global pooling operation for a few-shot remote sensing classification task. Here, the feature weighting value can be fine-tuned by the support set in the few-shot learning task. The proposed model is evaluated on three publicly available datasets for few shot remote sensing scene classification. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed SAFFNet to improve the few-shot classification accuracy significantly compared to other few-shot methods and the typical multi-scale feature fusion network.
doi:10.3390/rs13132532 fatcat:fonmvysiczct5kr7wwl3xe2xdm