Detection of dugongs from unmanned aerial vehicles

Maire, Frederic, Mejias, Luis, Hodgson, Amanda, & Duclos, Gwenael (2013) Detection of dugongs from unmanned aerial vehicles. In Proceedings of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2013, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo.

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Monitoring and estimation of marine populations is of paramount importance for the conservation and management of sea species. Regular surveys are used to this purpose followed often by a manual counting process. This paper proposes an algorithm for automatic detection of dugongs from imagery taken in aerial surveys. Our algorithm exploits the fact that dugongs are rare in most images, therefore we determine regions of interest partially based on color rarity. This simple observation makes the system robust to changes in illumination. We also show that by applying the extended-maxima transform on red-ratio images, submerged dugongs with very fuzzy edges can be detected. Performance figures obtained here are promising in terms of degree of confidence in the detection of marine species, but more importantly our approach represents a significant step in automating this type of surveys.

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ID Code: 61602
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Marine Mammal Detection, UAV, Computer Vision, Dugong Detection
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > ECOLOGY (060200) > Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
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 > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Aircraft Performance and Flight Control Systems (090104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MARITIME ENGINEERING (091100) > Marine Engineering (091101)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 01 Aug 2013 03:37
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2014 10:35

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