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5 February 2004 Application of Fourier descriptors and fuzzy logic to classification of radar subsurface images
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This paper presents an application of Fourier Descriptors and Fuzzy Logic for the recognition of archeological artifacts in Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) images of a surveyed site. 2-D GPR survey images of a site are made available by NASA-SSC center. The buried artifacts in these images appear in the form of hyperbolas which are the results of radar backscatter from the artifacts. The Fourier Descriptors of an image are applied as inputs to a Fuzzy C-Mean Classifier (FCMC). The FCMC algorithm has to recognize different types of shapes, in order to separate hyperbola-like shapes from non-hyperbola shapes in the sub-surface images. The procedure consisted of removing background noise using a suitable threshold filter, locating the separate shapes in the image using N8(p) connectivity algorithm, calculating a short sequence of Fourier Descriptors (FD) of each isolated shape, and obtaining an unsupervised classification by applying Fuzzy C-Mean clustering algorithm to the FD sequences. The classes obtained depend upon the requirements of the user, namely, two classes of hyperbola/no-hyperbola objects, or several classes from symmetric hyperbolas to total rejects could be obtained. The results consisting of recognized hyperbolas indicate the presence of buried artifacts. Also, our previous results of supervised FD-Neural Network (FD-NNC) published in the proceedings of SPIE 2002 are compared with unsupervised FD-FCMC. The compared results in terms of the quality of classification are presented in this work.
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Hamed Parsiani and Leonid Tolstoy "Application of Fourier descriptors and fuzzy logic to classification of radar subsurface images", Proc. SPIE 5238, Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing IX, (5 February 2004);

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