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SSDBN: A Single-Side Dual-Branch Network with Encoder–Decoder for Building Extraction

Li, Yang; Lu, Hui; Liu, Qi; Zhang, Yonghong; Liu, Xiaodong


Yang Li

Hui Lu

Qi Liu

Yonghong Zhang


In the field of building detection research, an accurate, state-of-the-art semantic segmentation model must be constructed to classify each pixel of the image, which has an important reference value for the statistical work of a building area. Recent research efforts have been devoted to semantic segmentation using deep learning approaches, which can be further divided into two aspects. In this paper, we propose a single-side dual-branch network (SSDBN) based on an encoder–decoder structure, where an improved Res2Net model is used at the encoder stage to extract the basic feature information of prepared images while a dual-branch module is deployed at the decoder stage. An intermediate framework was designed using a new feature information fusion methods to capture more semantic information in a small area. The dual-branch decoding module contains a deconvolution branch and a feature enhancement branch, which are responsible for capturing multi-scale information and enhancing high-level semantic details, respectively. All experiments were conducted using the Massachusetts Buildings Dataset and WHU Satellite Dataset I (global cities). The proposed model showed better performance than other recent approaches, achieving an F1-score of 87.69% and an IoU of 75.83% with a low network size volume (5.11 M), internal parameters (19.8 MB), and GFLOPs (22.54), on the Massachusetts Buildings Dataset.


Li, Y., Lu, H., Liu, Q., Zhang, Y., & Liu, X. (2022). SSDBN: A Single-Side Dual-Branch Network with Encoder–Decoder for Building Extraction. Remote Sensing, 14(3), Article 768.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 4, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 7, 2022
Publication Date 2022-02
Deposit Date Feb 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 14, 2022
Journal Remote Sensing
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 3
Article Number 768
Keywords building extraction; dual-branch; semantic segmentation; encoder–decoder network
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