[Taxacom] Automated species Identification by Image Analysis

Donna Ford-Werntz dford2 at wvu.edu
Tue Sep 8 14:11:46 CDT 2009

Taxacomers, For two plant-related articles on this topic see recent Taxon vol. 58(3) pp. 925-933 (C. Pandolfi et al. about Banksia morphotypes by ANN) and pp. 934-954 (D. Hearn about leaf shape analysis for automated identification).  Cheers!

Donna Ford-Werntz, Herbarium Curator
Associate Clinical Professor
Biology Dept., Box 6057
Life Sci. Bldg., West Virginia Univ.
Morgantown, WV 26506
304-293-5201 X31549
>>> "Dr. David Campbell" <amblema at bama.ua.edu> 09/08/09 1:37 PM >>>
As a participant in some non-automated species identification by image 
analysis (i.e., "Send in your photos and we'll get someone to identify 
them"), I would note that image quality is a major issue.  Scale is a 
useful bit of information often omitted by the general public.  On the 
other hand, it's usually safe to assume in that context that the organism 
in question is large by invertebrate standards.

Automated species identification by image analysis for someone with 
specimen in hand and where the identification does not depend on 
dissection or other additional processes should be fairly straightforward.  
Identification of random photos of something seen outside is rather more 
challenging for a computer.

Dr. David Campbell
425 Scientific Collections Building
Department of Biological Sciences
Biodiversity and Systematics
University of Alabama, Box 870345
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0345  USA


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