3D Semantic labeling of als data based on domain adaption by transferring and fusing random forest models

Jianwei Wu, Wei Yao, Jiyong Zhang, Yunfan Li

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Labeling 3D point cloud data with traditional supervised learning methods requires considerable labelled samples, the collection of which is cost and time expensive. This work focuses on adopting domain adaption concept to transfer existing trained random forest classifiers (based on source domain) to new data scenes (target domain), which aims at reducing the dependence of accurate 3D semantic labeling in point clouds on training samples from the new data scene. Firstly, two random forest classifiers were firstly trained with existing samples previously collected for other data. They were different from each other by using two different decision tree construction algorithms: C4.5 with information gain ratio and CART with Gini index. Secondly, four random forest classifiers adapted to the target domain are derived through transferring each tree in the source random forest models with two types of operations: structure expansion and reduction-SER and structure transfer-STRUT. Finally, points in target domain are labelled by fusing the four newly derived random forest classifiers using weights of evidence based fusion model. To validate our method, experimental analysis was conducted using 3 datasets: one is used as the source domain data (Vaihingen data for 3D Semantic Labelling); another two are used as the target domain data from two cities in China (Jinmen city and Dunhuang city). Overall accuracies of 85.5% and 83.3% for 3D labelling were achieved for Jinmen city and Dunhuang city data respectively, with only 1/3 newly labelled samples compared to the cases without domain adaption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1883-1887
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2018
Event2018 ISPRS TC III Mid-Term Symposium on Developments, Technologies and Applications in Remote Sensing - Beijing, China
Duration: 7 May 201810 May 2018


  • 3D semantic labelling
  • ALS data
  • Decision fusion
  • Domain adaption
  • Random forest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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