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Automatic Eartag Recognition on Dairy Cows in Real Barn Environment
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Vision.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

All dairy cows in Europe wear unique identification tags in their ears. These eartags are standardized and contains the cows identification numbers, today only used for visual identification by the farmer. The cow also needs to be identified by an automatic identification system connected to milk machines and other robotics used at the farm. Currently this is solved with a non-standardized radio transmitter which can be placed on different places on the cow and different receivers needs to be used on different farms. Other drawbacks with the currently used identification system are that it is expensive and unreliable. This thesis explores the possibility to replace this non standardized radio frequency based identification system with a standardized computer vision based system. The method proposed in this thesis uses a color threshold approach for detection, a flood fill approach followed by Hough transform and a projection method for segmentation and evaluates template matching, k-nearest neighbour and support vector machines as optical character recognition methods. The result from the thesis shows that the quality of the data used as input to the system is vital. By using good data, k-nearest neighbour, which showed the best results of the three OCR approaches, handles 98 % of the digits.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
OCR, object detection, object segmentation, template matching, SVM, kNN, eigenfaces
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Signal Processing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-139245ISRN: LiTH-ISY-EX--17/5072--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-139245DiVA: diva2:1120668
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Farmic AB
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Electrical Engineering
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Available from: 2017-07-10 Created: 2017-07-06 Last updated: 2017-07-10Bibliographically approved

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