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Automation of the Labeling of Images of Sugar Beet Cultivation with Hyperspectral Imaging

: Jäkel, Annika
: Burund, Ingunn; Osten, Julia

As/Norway, 2020, XII, 74 S.
As, Univ., Master Thesis, 2020
Master Thesis
Fraunhofer IVI ()
hyperspektrale Bildgebung; Unkrautbekämpfung; artificial neural networks (ANN); plant cultivation; weed control

The objective of this thesis was to develop an automated labeling system for RGB images (red green blue) of sugar beet and weed plants with the help of multispectral imaging. 863 image pairs of sugar beet and 18 weed species, consisting each in one RGB and one multispectral image of the same plants, were acquired in the lab. Different apertures and bandpass filters were tested and the multispectral camera captured 15 wavebands between 654 and 866 nm. The pixels of the multispectral images were classified with a pipeline of two fully connected artificial neural networks (ANN) of the same architecture of ten hidden layers. The first ANN distinguished between plants and background, and the second one between sugar beet and weed. The transfer of the classifications based on the multispectral images onto the RGB images was attempted with a local motion model (imregdemon, Matlab) and a global motion model (projection). One projection matrix (homography) was computed for each acquisition session during which the camera position did not change and plants had a similar height. The best homographies were chosen based on spatial parameters, the mean squared error and the sum of the correlation matrix between the RGB and the warped spectral image.The classification accuracy for the background versus plant classifier were > 98 % for both classes. The sugar beet versus weed classifier reached a per-class accuracy between 73 and 95 % and dice coeficients between 0.71 and 0.92 for the evaluation data set. On a plant level, classification results were very satisfying if plants of the same age (sugar beet) and species (weed) had been included in the training data set. The application of the local motion model failed most likely due to huge differences in resolution, reectance values and image sections. After the filtering of the projection matrices, 95 % of the image pairs reached a satisfying projection of bounding boxes. The accuracy of projection was not high enough for conveying pixel segmentation masks. This could be achieved by further applying a local-motion model.The overall goal, to automatically label sugar beet and weed plants, was achieved for bounding boxes. Nevertheless, the system, especially the image registration can be further improved regarding reliability and performance. The developed labeling system will betested with field data.