Localization of buildings with a gable roof in very high-resolution aerial images

L. Hazelhoff, P.H.N. With, de

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This study aims at the robust automatic detection of buildings with a gable roof in varying rural areas from very-high-resolution aerial images. The originality of our approach resides in a custom-made design extracting key features close to modeling, such as e.g. roof ridges and gutters. In this way, we allow a large freedom in roof appearances. The proposed method is based on a combination of two hypotheses. First, it exploits the physical properties of gable roofs and detects straight line-segments within non-vegetated and non-farmland areas, as possibilities of occurring roof-ridges. Second, for each of these candidate roof-ridges, the likely roof-gutter positions are estimated for both sides of the line segment, resulting in a set of possible roof configurations. These hypotheses are validated based on the analysis of size, shadow, color and edge information, where for each roof-ridge candidate the optimal configuration is selected. Roof configurations with unlikely properties are rejected and afterwards ridges with overlapping configurations are fused. Experiments conducted on a set of 200 images covering various rural regions, with a large variation in both building appearance and surroundings, show that the algorithm is able to detect 75% of the buildings with a precision of 69.4%. We consider this as a reasonably good result, since the computing is fully unconstrained, numerous buildings were occluded by trees and because there is a significant appearance difference between the considered test images.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Visual Information Processing and Communication II , 22-24 January, 2011, San Francisco, California, USA
EditorsA. Said, O.G. Guleruyuz, R.L. Stevenson
Place of PublicationBellingham
ISBN (Print)9780819484192
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Eventconference; Visual Information Processing and Communication II -
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


Conferenceconference; Visual Information Processing and Communication II
Period1/01/11 → …
OtherVisual Information Processing and Communication II


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