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2018

Automatic identification of pollen in microscopic images

Authors
Santos, EMDS; Marcal, ARS;

Publication
Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics

Abstract
A system for the identification of pollen grains in bright-field microscopic images is presented in this work. The system is based on segmentation of raw images and binary classification for 3 types of pollen grain. The segmentation method developed tackles a major difficulty of the problem: the existence of clustered pollen grains in the initial binary images. Two different SVM classification kernels are compared to identify the 3 pollen types. The method presented in this paper is able to provide a good estimate of the number of pollen grains of Olea Europea (relative error of 1.3%) in microscopic images. For the two others pollen types tested (Corylus and Quercus), the results were not as good (relative errors of 14.5% and 20.3%, respectively). © 2018, Springer International Publishing AG.