Date of Award

3-2019

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Jane Zhang

Abstract

This paper analyzes three techniques attempting to detect strawberries at various stages in its growth cycle. Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG), Local Binary Patterns (LBP) and Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) were implemented on a limited custom-built dataset. The methodologies were compared in terms of accuracy and computational efficiency. Computational efficiency is defined in terms of image resolution as testing on a smaller dimensional image is much quicker than larger dimensions. The CNN based implementation obtained the best results with an 88% accuracy at the highest level of efficiency as well (600x800). LBP generated moderate results with a 74% detection accuracy at an inefficient rate (5000x4000). Finally, HOG’s results were inconclusive as it performed poorly early on, generating too many misclassifications.

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