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Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Jacob Gunther


Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) produces spatial images with pixels that, instead of consisting of three colors, consist of hundreds of spectral measurements. Because there are so many measurements for each pixel, analysis of HSI is difficult. Frequently, standard techniques are used to help make analysis more tractable by representing the HSI data in a different manner.

This research explores the utility of representing the HSI data in a learned dictionary basis for the express purpose of material identification and classification. Multiclass classification is performed on the transformed data using the RandomForests algorithm. Performance results are reported.

In addition to classification, single material detection is considered also. Commonly used detection algorithm performance is demonstrated on both raw radiance pixels and HSI represented in dictionary-learned bases. Comparison results are shown which indicate that detection on dictionary-learned sparse representations perform as well as detection on radiance. In addition, a different method of performing detection, capitalizing on dictionary learning is established and performance comparisons are reported, showing gains over traditional detection methods.