Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering


College of Engineering


Jane Zhang

Advisor Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor College

College of Engineering


Traditional image processing solutions have been applied in the past to detect and count strawberries. These methods typically involve feature extraction followed by object detection using one or more features. Some object detection problems can be ambiguous as to what features are relevant and the solutions to many problems are only fully realized when the modern approach has been applied and tested, such as deep learning.

In this work, we investigate the use of R-CNN for green strawberry detection. The object detection involves finding regions of interest (ROIs) in field images using the selective segmentation algorithm and inputting these regions into a pre-trained deep neural network (DNN) model. The convolutional neural networks VGG, MobileNet and ResNet were implemented to detect subtle differences between green strawberries and various background elements. Downscaling factors, intersection over union (IOU) thresholds and non-maxima suppression (NMS) values can be tweaked to increase recall and reduce false positives while data augmentation and negative hardminging can be used to increase the amount of input data.

The state of the art model is sufficient in locating the green strawberries with an overall model accuracy of 74%. The R-CNN model can then be used for crop yield prediction to forecast the actual red strawberry count one week in advance with a 90% accuracy.