Bei Cao


Hyperspectral image classification can be a difficult task due to a lack of ground-truth labels and spectral variability. For hyperspectral images (HSIs) of historical artifacts, which are generally man-made objects, this is generally a significant challenge. Aiming to differentiate subtle spectral differences between varied pigments, we introduce graph- based learning networks and a powerful learning pipeline for realizing automatic pigment mapping on the maps. First, we develop a Graph Modularity clustering method for pro- ducing trustworthy ground-truth map for pigment classification task. We analyze the influence of graph structure on the Graph Neural Networks and propose Spatial-Spectral Graph Convolutional Network (SSGCN) and Spatial-Spectral Graph Attention Network (SSGAT). By incorporating spatial features and aggregating node feature in terms of spec- tral affinity and spatial context, SSGCN and SSGAT outperform conventional GCN and GAT, and can be directly applied to another unknown region for automatic pigment map- ping without ground-truth labels required. Under a semi-supervised node classification framework, SSGCN and SSGAT achieve high classification accuracy with very limited labeled samples. Compared to a 3D-CNN architecture, our graph-based learning mod- els provide great scalability in model extension and inductive learning for unseen pixels. We apply these methods to Vis-NIR hyperspectral imagery of the Gough Map of Great Britain and the Selden Map of China, both artifacts in the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. These maps are of great interest to historians as their creation and modification are generally not well understood. The experiments on multiple Regions of Interest in the two maps demonstrate the strength and advantages of our methods. The proposed graph-based learning frameworks bring a promising prospect for processing large-scale HSI classification/clustering of historical artifacts efficiently. This research will aid historians in pigment analysis and codicological studies of artifacts in a more intelligent manner.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Hyperspectral imaging--Data processing; Antiquities--Imaging; Pigments--Imaging; Neural networks (Computer science); Graph theory; Convolutions (Mathematics); Supervised learning (Machine learning)

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Imaging Science (Ph.D.)

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Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)


David Messinger

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David Ross

Advisor/Committee Member

Charles Bachmann


RIT – Main Campus

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