An image processing approach to distance estimation for automated strawberry harvesting

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Title An image processing approach to distance estimation for automated strawberry harvesting
Author Busch, Andrew William; Palk, Phillip
Publication Title Image Analysis and Recognition. 8th International Conference, ICIAR Proceedings, Part II
Editor Mohamed Kamel and Aurelio Campiho
Year Published 2011
Publisher Springer
Abstract In order to successfuly navigate between rows of plants, automated strawberry harvesters require a robust and accurate method of measuring the distance between the harvester and the strawberry bed. A diffracted red laser is used to project a straight horizontal line onto the bed, and is viewed by a video camera positioned at an angle to the laser. Using filtering techniques and the Hough transform, the distance to the bed can be calculated accurately at many points simultaneously, allowing the harverster's navigation system to determine both its position and angle relative to the bed. Testing has shown that this low-cost solution provides near-perfect field performance.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.iciar.uwaterloo.ca/iciar11/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-21596-4_39
Conference name International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition
Location Burnaby, BC, Canada
Date From 2011-06-22
Date To 2011-06-24
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42787
Date Accessioned 2011-11-01; 2012-02-16T05:33:41Z
Date Available 2012-02-16T05:33:41Z
Research Centre Centre for Wireless Monitoring and Applications
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Image Processing
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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