Delineation of Rock Fragments by Classification of Image Patches using Compressed Random Features

Geoffrey Bull, Junbin Gao, Michael Antolovich

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Monitoring of rock fragmentation is a commercially important problem for the mining industry. Existinganalysis methods either resort to physically sieving rock samples, or using image analysis software. Thecurrently available software systems for this problem typically work with 2D images and often require asigni�cant amount of time by skilled human operators, particularly to accurately delineate rock fragments.Recent research into 3D image processing promises to overcome many of the issues with analysis of 2D imagesof rock fragments. However, for many mines it is not feasible to replace their existing image collection systemsand there is still a need to improve on methods used for analysing 2D images. This paper proposes a methodfor delineation of rock fragments using compressed Haar-like features extracted from small image patches,with classi�cation by a support vector machine. The optimum size of image patches and the numbers ofcompressed features have been determined empirically. Delineation results for images of rocks were superiorto those obtained using the watershed algorithm with manually assigned markers. Using compressed featuresis demonstrated to improve the computational ef�ciently such that a machine learning solution is viable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVISAPP 2014
EditorsSebastiano Battiato, José Braz
Place of PublicationSetúbal, Portugal
PublisherSCITEPRESS - Science and Technology Publications
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789897580031
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Conference on Vision Theory and Applications - Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal
Duration: 05 Jan 201408 Jan 2014


ConferenceInternational Conference on Vision Theory and Applications


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