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Synthetic aperture radar ship discrimination, generation and latent variable extraction using information maximizing generative adversarial networks

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Schwegmann, CP, Kleynhans, W, Salmon, BP ORCID: 0000-0001-5722-3414, Mdakane, LW and Meyer, RGV 2017 , 'Synthetic aperture radar ship discrimination, generation and latent variable extraction using information maximizing generative adversarial networks', in Proceedings from the 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium , IEEE, United States, pp. 1-4 .

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Abstract

A major task in any discrimination scenario requires the collection and validation of as many examples as possible. Depending on the type of data this can be a time consuming process, especially when dealing with large remote sensing data such as Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery. To aid in the creation of improved machine learning-based ship detection and discrimination methods this paper applies a type of neural network known as an Information Maximizing Generative Adversarial Network. Generative Adversarial Networks pit a generating and discriminating network against each other. A generator tries to create samples that are indistinguishable from real data whereas the discriminator tries to identify whether a sample is real or generated. Information Maximizing Generative Adversarial Network extend this idea by extracting untangled latent variables as part of the discrimination process which help to classify the data in terms of categories/classes and properties such as ship rotation. Despite the limited size and class distribution of the dataset, the paper showed that the trained network was able to generate convincing samples from the three given classes as well as create a discriminator that performs similarly to state-of-the-art ship discrimination methods despite using no labels for training.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Schwegmann, CP and Kleynhans, W and Salmon, BP and Mdakane, LW and Meyer, RGV
Keywords: synthetic aperture radar, machine learning, marine technology
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings from the 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Publisher: IEEE
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