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Towards automatic power line detection for a UAV surveillance system using pulse coupled neural filter and an improved Hough transform

Li, Zhengrong, Liu, Yuee, Walker, Rodney A., Hayward, Ross F., & Zhang, Jinglan (2009) Towards automatic power line detection for a UAV surveillance system using pulse coupled neural filter and an improved Hough transform. Machine Vision and Applications, 21(5), pp. 677-686.

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Abstract

Spatial information captured from optical remote sensors on board unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has great potential in automatic surveillance of electrical infrastructure. For an automatic vision-based power line inspection system, detecting power lines from a cluttered background is one of the most important and challenging tasks. In this paper, a novel method is proposed, specifically for power line detection from aerial images. A pulse coupled neural filter is developed to remove background noise and generate an edge map prior to the Hough transform being employed to detect straight lines. An improved Hough transform is used by performing knowledge-based line clustering in Hough space to refine the detection results. The experiment on real image data captured from a UAV platform demonstrates that the proposed approach is effective for automatic power line detection.

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ID Code: 29121
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Machine vision, Power line inspection system, Unmanned aerial vehicles, Hough transform, Pulse couple neural filter
DOI: 10.1007/s00138-009-0206-y
ISSN: 1432-1769
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Computer Vision (080104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Neural Evolutionary and Fuzzy Computation (080108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Image Processing (080106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Springer-Verlag
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2009 13:34
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:42

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