SIMPL: Generating Synthetic Overhead Imagery to Address Custom Zero-Shot and Few-Shot Detection Problems

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Recently deep neural networks (DNNs) have achieved tremendous success for object detection in overhead (e.g., satellite) imagery. One ongoing challenge however is the acquisition of training data, due to high costs of obtaining satellite imagery and annotating objects in it. In this article, we present a simple approach - termed Synthetic object IMPLantation (SIMPL) - to easily and rapidly generate large quantities of synthetic overhead training data for custom target objects. We demonstrate the effectiveness of using SIMPL synthetic imagery for training DNNs in zero-shot scenarios where no real imagery is available; and few-shot learning scenarios, where limited real-world imagery is available. We also conduct experiments to study the sensitivity of SIMPL's effectiveness to some key design parameters, providing users for insights when designing synthetic imagery for custom objects. We release a software implementation of our SIMPL approach, as well as design details of our experimental synthetic imagery, so that others can build upon our approach, or use it for their own custom problems.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Xu, Y; Huang, B; Luo, X; Bradbury, K; Malof, JM

Published Date

  • January 1, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 /

Start / End Page

  • 4386 - 4396

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2151-1535

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1939-1404

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/JSTARS.2022.3172243

Citation Source

  • Scopus