Biodiversity Information Science and Standards : Conference Abstract
Conference Abstract
Deep learning for weed identification based on seed images
expand article infoFrancisco Pando, Ignacio Heredia§, Carlos Aedo Pérez, Mauricio Velayos Rodríguez, Lara Lloret Iglesias§, Joel Calvo|
‡ Real Jardín Botánico - CSIC, Madrid, Spain
§ Insituto de Fisica de Cantabria - CSIC/UC, Santander, Spain
| Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile
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Reliable plant species identification from seeds is intrinsically difficult due to the scarcity of features and because it requires specialized expertise that is becoming increasingly rarer, as the number of field plant taxonomists is diminishing (Bacher 2012, Haas and Häuser 2005). On the other hand, seed identification is relevant in some science domains such as plant community ecology, archaeology, paleoclimatology. Besides, economic activities such as agriculture, require seed identification to assess weed species contained in the "soil seed banks" (Colbach 2014) to enable targeted treatments before they become a problem.

In this work, we explore and evaluate several approaches by using different training image sets with various requisites and assessing their performance with test datasets of different sources.

The core training dataset is provided by the Anthos project (Castroviejo et al. 2017) as a subset of its image collection. It consists of nearly a 1000 images of seeds identified by experts.

As identification algorithm, we will use state-of-the-art convolutional neural networks for image classification (He et al. 2016). The framework is fully written in Python using the TensorFlow (Abadi et al. 2016) module for deep learning.

Presenting author

Francisco Pando

Funding program

EU Horizon 2020 framework programme project DEEP-Hybrid-Datacloud (Grant Agreement number 777435)


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