Multi-Scale Local Context Embedding for LiDAR Point Cloud Classification

Rong Huang, Danfeng Hong, Yusheng Xu, Wei Yao, Uwe Stilla

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The semantic interpretation using point clouds, especially regarding light detection and ranging (LiDAR) point cloud classification, has attracted a growing interest in the fields of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and computer vision. In this letter, we aim at tackling a general and typical feature learning problem in 3-D point cloud classification-how to represent geometric features by structurally considering a point and its surroundings in a more effective and discriminative fashion? Recently, enormous efforts have been made to design the geometric features, yet it is less investigated to fully explore the potentials of the features. For that, there have been many filter-based studies proposed by selecting a subset of the whole feature space for better representing the local geometry structure. However, such a hard-threshold selection strategy inevitably suffers from information loss. In addition, the construction of the geometric features is relatively sensitive to the size of the neighborhood. To this end, we propose to extract multi-scaled feature representations and locally embed them into a low-dimensional and robust subspace where a more compact representation with the intrinsic structure preservation of the data is expected to be obtained, thereby further yielding a better classification performance. In our case, we apply a popular manifold learning approach, that is, locality-preserving projections, for the task of learning low-dimensional embedding. Experimental results conducted on one LiDAR point cloud data set provided by the 2018 IEEE Data Fusion Contest demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method in comparison with several commonly used state-of-the-art baselines.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8777118
Pages (from-to)721-725
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • Geometric features
  • light detection and ranging (LiDAR) point cloud classification
  • local manifold learning (LML)
  • multi-scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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