Semantic Segmentation of Roads in Satellite Imagery

Remote sensing is a field that is constantly growing due to its importance in applications related to urban planning, risk assessment, resource exploration, and disaster management. Some of the most highly researched topics in the area of remote sensing include Land Cover Land Use (LCLU), object detection, scene classification, and semantic segmentation. Nowadays, researchers are looking into automating these tasks, as performing them manually is time and cost inefficient. Therefore, Deep Learning (DL) algorithms have been utilized for remote sensing and image processing tasks in the recent years. Many studies proved efficiency of DL algorithms, however, several challenges remain unsolved. In particular, semantic segmentation is one of the challenging tasks that is under heavy demand in the field of remote sensing. For this research study, semantic segmentation is applied to extract roads from satellite images. Road mapping is an essential first step in several applications that include transportation, traffic management, and city planning. Extracting roads efficiently and accurately will in turn boost the overall outcome of the aforementioned applications. U-Net is the state-of-the-art Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) that perform semantic segmentation. This network will be trained using publically available Massachusetts dataset. The accuracy and loss of all experiments will be reported and sample results from the dataset will be demonstrated.


04 May 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am




  • Eng. Mina Al-Saad
    Eng. Mina Al-Saad
    Research Assistant @MBRSC Lab - University of Dubai

    Mina Al-Saad is a Research Assistant at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) Lab at university of Dubai. She received her BSc in Laser and Optoelectronics Engineering from Al-Nahrain University, Iraq in 2009 and received her MSc in Laser and Optoelectronics Engineering from Al-Nahrain University, Iraq (2012). Her research interests include: Geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing, Autonomous Object Detection, Semantic Segmentation, and Satellite Calibration and Validation.