We establish two new datasets with baselines and network architectures for the task of hyperspectral image analysis. The first dataset, AeroRIT, is a moving camera static scene captured from a flight and contains per pixel labeling across five categories for the task of semantic segmentation. The second dataset, RooftopHSI, helps design and interpret learnt features on hyperspectral object detection on scenes captured from an university rooftop. This dataset accounts for static camera, moving scene hyperspectral imagery. We further broaden the scope of our understanding of neural networks with the development of two novel algorithms - S4AL and S4AL+. We develop these frameworks on natural (color) imagery, by combining semi-supervised learning and active learning, and display promising results for learning with limited amount of labeled data, which can be extended to hyperspectral imagery. In this dissertation, we curated two new datasets for hyperspectral image analysis, significantly larger than existing datasets and broader in terms of categories for classification. We then adapt existing neural network architectures to function on the increased channel information, in a smart manner, to leverage all hyperspectral information. We also develop novel active learning algorithms on natural (color) imagery, and discuss the hope for expanding their functionality to hyperspectral imagery.

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Hyperspectral imaging--Data processing; Supervised learning (Machine learning): Active learning; Pattern recognition systems

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Imaging Science (Ph.D.)

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Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)


Matthew Hoffman

Advisor/Committee Member

Christopher Kanan

Advisor/Committee Member

Anthony Vodacek


RIT – Main Campus

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