Using Convolutional Neural Networks to Count Palm Trees in Satellite Images

01/23/2017 ∙ by Eu Koon Cheang, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper we propose a supervised learning system for counting and localizing palm trees in high-resolution, panchromatic satellite imagery (40cm/pixel to 1.5m/pixel). A convolutional neural network classifier trained on a set of palm and no-palm images is applied across a satellite image scene in a sliding window fashion. The resultant confidence map is smoothed with a uniform filter. A non-maximal suppression is applied onto the smoothed confidence map to obtain peaks. Trained with a small dataset of 500 images of size 40x40 cropped from satellite images, the system manages to achieve a tree count accuracy of over 99

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