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South African Journal of Science

On-line version ISSN 1996-7489
Print version ISSN 0038-2353


SHOKO, Moreblessings  and  SMIT, Julian L.. Deriving cues from human cognition for the modelling of shack boundaries in aerial imagery. S. Afr. j. sci. [online]. 2016, vol.112, n.11-12, pp.1-5. ISSN 1996-7489.

Organic studies inspire cues for modelling logic in image processing and become a basis for the development of novel remote-sensing algorithms. Examples of applications of such paradigms include the growing application of techniques such as object-oriented analysis and neural networks in image analysis for which the logic was drawn from studying various components of organic systems in the human body. Here we document a key investigation based on a set of cognitive tests conducted using aerial imagery captured over Cape Town (South Africa). These tests were conducted to later draw parallels with a feature extraction algorithm for shack settlements. We found that the visual variables of 'pattern' and 'shape' display the most significant cognitive guide for shack boundary extraction. Although the focus here was on digital imagery, learning points can be selected for application in other scientific fields as well. SIGNIFICANCE: • Provides an interest point for several image-processing and computer vision sciences. • Contributes to geospatial studies and helps improve mapping and imaging initiatives. • Directed towards solving the challenges that urban governors face in slum management.

Keywords : geospatial; organic models; remote sensing; urban governance.

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