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Possibilities of neural image analysis implementation in monitoring of microalgae production as a substrate for biogas plant
Author(s): Slawomir Cerbin; Krzysztof Nowakowski; Jacek Dach; Krzysztof Pilarski; Piotr Boniecki; Jacek Przybyl; Andrzej Lewicki
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Paper Abstract

The paper presents the possibilities of neural image analysis of microalgae content in the large-scale algae production for usage as a biomass. With the growing conflict between the culture produced both for feed and energetic purpose in Europe, the algae production seems to be very efficient way to produce the huge amount of biomass outside of conventional agronomy. However, for stable microalgae production the key point for culture management is the rapid estimation of algae population and assessment of its developmental stage. In traditional way the microalgae content is usually checked by the long microscopic analyses which cannot be used in large-scale industrial cultivation. Moreover, highly specialized personnel is required for algal determinations. So the main aim of this study is to estimate the possibility of usage of automatic image analysis of microalgae content made by artificial neural network. The preliminary results show that the selection of artificial neural network topology for the microalgae identification allowed for the selection and choice of teaching variables obtained by studying the image analysis. The selected neural model on the basis of data from computer image analysis allows to carry out the operations of algae identification and counting. On the basis of the obtained results of preliminary tests it is possible to count the algae on the photos. Additional information on their size and color allows to unlimited categorization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 2012
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8334, Fourth International Conference on Digital Image Processing (ICDIP 2012), 83342A (8 June 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.954164
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Slawomir Cerbin, Adam Mickiewicz Univ. (Poland)
Krzysztof Nowakowski, Poznan Univ. of Life Sciences (Poland)
Jacek Dach, Poznan Univ. of Life Sciences (Poland)
Krzysztof Pilarski, Poznan Univ. of Life Sciences (Poland)
Piotr Boniecki, Poznan Univ. of Life Sciences (Poland)
Jacek Przybyl, Poznan Univ. of Life Sciences (Poland)
Andrzej Lewicki, Poznan Univ. of Life Sciences (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8334:
Fourth International Conference on Digital Image Processing (ICDIP 2012)
Mohamed Othman; Sukumar Senthilkumar; Xie Yi, Editor(s)

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