Special Issue "Advanced Deep Learning Strategies for the Analysis of Remote Sensing Images - 2nd Edition"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing Image Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Yakoub Bazi
Guest Editor
Computer Engineering Department, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh 11543, Saudi Arabia
Interests: remote sensing image processing and analysis
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Dr. Edoardo Pasolli
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Via Università 100, 80055 Portici, Naples, Italy
Interests: multi/hyperspectral remote sensing; image processing and analysis; machine learning; pattern recognition; computer vision
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Dr. Mohamad Mahmoud Al Rahhal
Guest Editor
Applied Computer Science Department, College of Applied Computer Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11543, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Interests: remote sensing; image processing and analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The last two decades have unveiled that remote sensing (RS) has become an essential technology in monitoring urban, atmospheric, and ecological changes. The increased availability of satellites and airborne sensors with different spatial and spectral resolutions has made this technology a key component in decision making. In addition to these traditional platforms, a new era has recently opened by the adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for diverse applications such as policing, precision farming, and urban planning.

The potential provided in terms of observation capability similarly introduces considerable challenges in terms of information extraction. Yet, processing the massive data collected by these diverse platforms is impractical and ineffective using traditional image analysis methodologies. This calls for the adoption of powerful techniques that can extract reliable and useful information. In this context, deep learning (DL) strategies have shown promise in addressing the challenging needs of the RS community. DL was introduced decades ago, when the first steps toward building artificial neural networks were taken. However, due to limited processing resources, it did not reach cutting-edge success in data representation and classification tasks until the recent appearance of high-performance computing facilities. This, in turn, enabled the design of sophisticated deep neural architectures and boosted the precision to demonstrate groundbreaking performance in addressing many problems.

This Special Issue welcomes papers that explore novel and challenging topics for the analysis of remote sensing images acquired with diverse platforms. We welcome topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Semantic segmentation;
  • Domain adaptation from single and multiple sources;
  • Continual learning;
  • Exploration of the relationship between natural language and remote sensing images (bidirectional text to image retrieval, image captioning, visual question answering);
  • Crowd estimation in UAV imagery;
  • Image generation and conversion using generative adversarial networks.

The first edition of this Special Issue can be found at:


Dr. Yakoub Bazi
Dr. Edoardo Pasolli
Dr. Mohamed Al-Rahal
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • multispectral/hyperspectral/UAV imagery
  • natural language and remote sensing
  • classification, restoration, super-resolution, retrieval, change detection
  • convolutional neural networks (CNNs)
  • generative adversarial networks (GANs)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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