Special Issue "Learning to Understand Remote Sensing Images"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: remote sensing; image analysis; computer vision; pattern recognition; machine learning
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With the recent advances of remote sensing technologies for Earth observation, many different remote sensors are collecting data with distinctive properties. The obtained data are so large and complex that analyzing them manually becomes impractical or even impossible. For example, multi-source/multi-temporal/multi-scale data are frequently delivered by remote sensors. But, if we want to explore them by hand and then obtain useful information, the workload would be overwhelming and the performance would be unsatisfactory. Therefore, understanding remote sensing images effectively, in connection with physics, has been the primary concern of the remote sensing research community in recent years. For this purpose, machine learning is thought to be a promising technique because it can make the system learn to improve itself. With this distinctive characteristic, the algorithms will be more adaptive, automatic and intelligent.
In recent decades, this area has attracted a lot of research interest, and significant progress has been made in this direction, particularly in the optical, hyperspectral and microwave remote sensing communities. For instance, there have been several tutorials at various conferences that directly or indirectly correlate with machine learning topics, and numerous papers are published each year in top journals in the remote sensing community. Particularly, with the popularity of deep learning and big data concepts, research towards data learning and mining paradigms has reached new heights. The success of machine learning techniques lies in its practical effectiveness, improving current methods and achieving the state-of-the-art performance.
Nevertheless, there are still problems that need to be solved. For example, how to bring together the limited training samples available for deep learning related methods? How to adapt the original machine learning prototypes to remote sensing applications and particularly to physics? How to compromise between the learning speed and its effectiveness? Many other challenges remain in the remote sensing field which have fostered new efforts and developments to better understand remote sensing images via machine learning techniques.
This Collection on "Learning to Understand Remote Sensing Images" focuses on this topic. We invite original submissions reporting recent advances in the machine learning approaches towards analyzing and understanding remote sensing images, and aim foster an increased interest in this field.
This Collection will emphasize the use of state-of-the-art machine learning techniques and statistical computing methods, such as deep learning, graphical models, sparse coding and kernel machines.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
Optical, hyperspectral, microwave and other types of remote sensing data;
Feature learning for remote sensing images;
Learning strategies for multi-source/multi-temporal/multi-scale image fusion;
Novel machine learning and statistical computing methods for remote sensing;
Learning metrics on benchmark databases;
Applications such as classification, segmentation, unmixing, change detection, semantic labelling using the learning approaches.
Authors are requested to check and follow the specific Instructions to Authors, https://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/instructions.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Dr. Qi Wang
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