iSAID: A Large-scale Dataset for Instance Segmentation in Aerial Images

Syed Waqas Zamir, Aditya Arora, Akshita Gupta, Salman Khan, Guolei Sun,
Fahad Shahbaz Khan, Fan Zhu, Ling Shao, Gui-Song Xia, Xiang Bai.


  • 2019-01-19 Several bugs in iSAID_Devkit have been fixed. New
  • 2019-12-31 Evaluation server is online. New
  • Description

    Existing Earth Vision datasets are either suitable for semantic segmentation or object detection. iSAID is the first benchmark dataset for instance segmentation in aerial images. This large-scale and densely annotated dataset contains 655,451 object instances for 15 categories across 2,806 high-resolution images. The distinctive characteristics of iSAID are the following: (a) large number of images with high spatial resolution, (b) fifteen important and commonly occurring categories, (c) large number of instances per category, (d) large count of labelled instances per image, which might help in learning contextual information, (e) huge object scale variation, containing small, medium and large objects, often within the same image, (f) Imbalanced and uneven distribution of objects with varying orientation within images, depicting real-life aerial conditions, (g) several small size objects, with ambiguous appearance, can only be resolved with contextual reasoning, (h) precise instance-level annotations carried out by professional annotators, cross-checked and validated by expert annotators complying with well-defined guidelines.

    For more detail, please refer to our paper .

    Examples of Annotated Images


    If you make use of the iSAID dataset, please cite our following papers:

    title={iSAID: A Large-scale Dataset for Instance Segmentation in Aerial Images},
    author={Waqas Zamir, Syed and Arora, Aditya and Gupta, Akshita and Khan, Salman and Sun, Guolei and Shahbaz Khan, Fahad and Zhu, Fan and Shao, Ling and Xia, Gui-Song and Bai, Xiang},
    booktitle={Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops},
    author = {Xia, Gui-Song and Bai, Xiang and Ding, Jian and Zhu, Zhen and Belongie, Serge and Luo, Jiebo and Datcu, Mihai and Pelillo, Marcello and Zhang, Liangpei},
    title = {DOTA: A Large-Scale Dataset for Object Detection in Aerial Images},
    booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
    month = {June},
    year = {2018}


    If you encounter any problem in using iSAID or have any feedback, please contact

    • Syed Waqas Zamir at,
    • Aditya Arora at,
    • Akshita Gupta at,

    If you encounter any problem in the iSAID website, please contact

    • Jian Ding at