Patched Line Segment Learning for Vector Road Mapping


  • Jiakun Xu Wuhan University
  • Bowen Xu Wuhan University
  • Gui-Song Xia Wuhan University
  • Liang Dong Google Inc.
  • Nan Xue Wuhan University Ant Group



CV: Vision for Robotics & Autonomous Driving, CV: Scene Analysis & Understanding, CV: Segmentation


This paper presents a novel approach to computing vector road maps from satellite remotely sensed images, building upon a well-defined Patched Line Segment (PaLiS) representation for road graphs that holds geometric significance. Unlike prevailing methods that derive road vector representations from satellite images using binary masks or keypoints, our method employs line segments. These segments not only convey road locations but also capture their orientations, making them a robust choice for representation. More precisely, given an input image, we divide it into non-overlapping patches and predict a suitable line segment within each patch. This strategy enables us to capture spatial and structural cues from these patch-based line segments, simplifying the process of constructing the road network graph without the necessity of additional neural networks for connectivity. In our experiments, we demonstrate how an effective representation of a road graph significantly enhances the performance of vector road mapping on established benchmarks, without requiring extensive modifications to the neural network architecture. Furthermore, our method achieves state-of-the-art performance with just 6 GPU hours of training, leading to a substantial 32-fold reduction in training costs in terms of GPU hours.



How to Cite

Xu, J., Xu, B., Xia, G.-S., Dong, L., & Xue, N. (2024). Patched Line Segment Learning for Vector Road Mapping. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 38(6), 6288-6296.



AAAI Technical Track on Computer Vision V