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Horticulturae ◽  
2022 ◽  
Vol 8 (1) ◽  
pp. 77
Christian Höing ◽  
Sharvari Raut ◽  
Abozar Nasirahmadi ◽  
Barbara Sturm ◽  
Oliver Hensel

The state-of-the-art technique to control slug pests in agriculture is the spreading of slug pellets. This method has some downsides, because slug pellets also harm beneficials and often fail because their efficiency depends on the prevailing weather conditions. This study is part of a research project which is developing a pest control robot to monitor the field, detect slugs, and eliminate them. Robots represent a promising alternative to slug pellets. They work independent of weather conditions and can distinguish between pests and beneficials. As a prerequisite, a robot must be able to reliably identify slugs irrespective of the characteristics of the surrounding conditions. In this context, the utilization of computer vision and image analysis methods are challenging, because slugs look very similar to the soil, particularly in color images. Therefore, the goal of this study was to develop an optical filter-based system that distinguishes between slugs and soil. In this context, the spectral characteristics of both slugs and soil in the visible and visible near-infrared (VNIR) wavebands were measured. Conspicuous maxima followed by conspicuous local minima were found for the reflection spectra of slugs in the near infrared range from 850 nm to 990 nm]. Thus, this enabled differentiation between slugs and soils; soils showed a monotonic increase in the intensity of the relative reflection for this wavelength. The extrema determined in the reflection spectra of slugs were used to develop and set up a slug detector device consisting of a monochromatic camera, a filter changer and two narrow bandpass filters with nominal wavelengths of 925 nm and 975 nm. The developed optical system takes two photographs of the target area at night. By subtracting the pixel values of the images, the slugs are highlighted, and the soil is removed in the image due to the properties of the reflection spectra of soils and slugs. In the resulting image, the pixels of slugs were, on average, 12.4 times brighter than pixels of soil. This enabled the detection of slugs by a threshold method.

2022 ◽  
Vol 8 ◽  
Seyede Fatemeh Ghoreishi ◽  
Ryan D. Sochol ◽  
Dheeraj Gandhi ◽  
Axel Krieger ◽  
Mark Fuge

Catheter-based endovascular interventional procedures have become increasingly popular in recent years as they are less invasive and patients spend less time in the hospital with less recovery time and less pain. These advantages have led to a significant growth in the number of procedures that are performed annually. However, it is still challenging to position a catheter in a target vessel branch within the highly complicated and delicate vascular structure. In fact, vessel tortuosity and angulation, which cause difficulties in catheterization and reaching the target site, have been reported as the main causes of failure in endovascular procedures. Maneuverability of a catheter for intravascular navigation is a key to reaching the target area; ability of a catheter to move within the target vessel during trajectory tracking thus affects to a great extent the length and success of the procedure. To address this issue, this paper models soft catheter robots with multiple actuators and provides a time-dependent model for characterizing the dynamics of multi-actuator soft catheter robots. Built on this model, an efficient and scalable optimization-based framework is developed for guiding the catheter to pass through arteries and reach the target where an aneurysm is located. The proposed framework models the deflection of the multi-actuator soft catheter robot and develops a control strategy for movement of catheter along a desired trajectory. This provides a simulation-based framework for selection of catheters prior to endovascular catheterization procedures, assuring that given a fixed design, the catheter is able to reach the target location. The results demonstrate the benefits that can be achieved by design and control of catheters with multiple number of actuators for navigation into small vessels.

Drones ◽  
2022 ◽  
Vol 6 (1) ◽  
pp. 20
Ji-Won Woo ◽  
Yoo-Seung Choi ◽  
Jun-Young An ◽  
Chang-Joo Kim

Recently, interest in mission autonomy related to Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles(UCAVs) for performing highly dangerous Air-to-Surface Missions(ASMs) has been increasing. Regarding autonomous mission planners, studies currently being conducted in this field have been mainly focused on creating a path from a macroscopic 2D environment to a dense target area or proposing a route for intercepting a target. For further improvement, this paper treats a mission planning algorithm on an ASM which can plan the path to the target dense area in consideration of threats spread in a 3D terrain environment while planning the shortest path to intercept multiple targets. To do so, ASMs are considered three sequential mission elements: ingress, intercept, and egress. The ingress and egress elements require a terrain flight path to penetrate deep into the enemy territory. Thus, the proposed terrain flight path planner generates a nap-of-the-earth path to avoid detection by enemy radar while avoiding enemy air defense threats. In the intercept element, the shortest intercept path planner based on the Dubins path concept combined with nonlinear programming is developed to minimize exposure time for survivability. Finally, the integrated ASM planner is applied to several mission scenarios and validated by simulations using a rotorcraft model.

2022 ◽  
Vol 15 ◽  
Fei Lei ◽  
Shuhan Li ◽  
Shuangyi Xie ◽  
Jing Liu

As the research basis of image processing and computer vision research, image quality evaluation (IQA) has been widely used in different visual task fields. As far as we know, limited efforts have been made to date to gather swimming pool image databases and benchmark reliable objective quality models, so far. To filled this gap, in this paper we reported a new database of underwater swimming pool images for the first time, which is composed of 1500 images and associated subjective ratings recorded by 16 inexperienced observers. In addition, we proposed a main target area extraction and multi-feature fusion image quality assessment (MM-IQA) for a swimming pool environment, which performs pixel-level fusion for multiple features of the image on the premise of highlighting important detection objects. Meanwhile, a variety of well-established full-reference (FR) quality evaluation methods and partial no-reference (NR) quality evaluation algorithms are selected to verify the database we created. Extensive experimental results show that the proposed algorithm is superior to the most advanced image quality models in performance evaluation and the outcomes of subjective and objective quality assessment of most methods involved in the comparison have good correlation and consistency, which further indicating indicates that the establishment of a large-scale pool image quality assessment database is of wide applicability and importance.

Filippo Gagliardi ◽  
Edoardo Pompeo ◽  
Pierfrancesco De Domenico ◽  
Silvia Snider ◽  
Francesca Roncelli ◽  

Since the end of the nineteenth century, the wide dissemination of Pott’s disease has ignited debates about which should be the ideal route to perform ventrolateral decompression of the dorsal rachis in case of paraplegia due to spinal cord compression in tuberculosis spondylitis. It was immediately clear that the optimal approach should be the one minimizing the surgical manipulation on both neural and extra-neural structures, while optimizing the exposure and surgical maneuverability on the target area. The first attempt was reported by Victor Auguste Menard in 1894, who described, for the first time, a completely different route from traditional laminectomy, called costotransversectomy. The technique was conceived to drain tubercular paravertebral abscesses causing paraplegia without manipulating the spinal cord. Over the following decades many other routes have been described all over the world, thus demonstrating the wide interest on the topic. Surgical development has been marked by the new technical achievements and by instrumental/technological advancements, until the advent of portal surgery and endoscopy-assisted techniques. Authors retraced the milestones of this history up to the present days, through a systematic review on the topic.

Zengfang Shi ◽  
Meizhou Liu

The existing target detection and recognition technology has the problem of fuzzy features of moving vehicles, which leads to poor detection effect. A moving car detection and recognition technology based on artificial intelligence is designed. The point operation is adopted to enhance the high frequency information of the image, increase the image contrast, and delineate the video image tracking target. The motion vector similarity is used to predict the moving target area in the next frame of the image. The texture features of the moving car are extracted by artificial intelligence, and the center moment is calculated by the gray histogram distribution curve, the edge feature extraction algorithm is used to set the detection and recognition mode. Experimental results: under complex conditions, this design technology, compared with the other two kinds of moving vehicle detection and recognition technology, detected three more moving vehicles, which proved that the application prospect of the moving vehicle detection and recognition technology integrated with artificial intelligence is broader.

2022 ◽  
Vol 9 (1) ◽  
pp. 62
Maksimilianus Naben

This study aims to increase the professionalism of Catholic religious education teachers in the development of student worksheets (LKS) teaching materials through clinical supervision of supervisors at the elementary schools built in the city of Mataram. This research method uses Supervision Action Research (PTKp). The subjects of this research were 17 teachers of Catholic religious education in the target area of Mataram city. The research instrument used a questionnaire and an observation sheet. The data collected were analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively. The results of this study indicate that coaching in an effort to increase the professionalism of Catholic religious education teachers in developing teaching materials for the preparation of Student Worksheets (LKS) through clinical supervision by supervisors shows a significant increase in each cycle. In addition, the activities in each coaching show that all Catholic religious education teachers can increase their professionalism in every aspect.

2022 ◽  
Vol 9 ◽  
Han Xiao ◽  
Jianbo Liu ◽  
Guojin He ◽  
Xiaomei Zhang ◽  
Hua Wang ◽  

Forest cover plays an important role in sustaining ecological security to realize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The research target area is composed of the African region which is experiencing unprecedented deforestation based on the data collection from 54 countries and regions between 2000 and 2020. Spatial autocorrelation analysis, global principal component analysis, and geographic detector model have been used as the core research tool. The temporal and spatial patterns of forest cover change in Africa and the driving effects of population growth, economic and trade, social development, arable land expansion, and other factors on forest cover change in different periods have been demonstrated. The findings are as follows: 1) extremely unequal distribution of Africa forest has caused forest area reduction in 20 years. The reduction quantity of forest has been illustrated from strong to weak: Central Africa (strongest), East Africa (higher strong), West Africa (medium), South Africa (higher weak), and North Africa (weakest). However, the forest reduction area in West Africa with the original ratio is the most significant. More than 80% of the forest area reduction in Africa has occurred in 14 countries, just five national forest areas to achieve the net growth, but the increase amount was only 1% of loss amount. 2) The spatial pattern of forest cover change in Africa contracted and clustered gradually, especially after 2012. Algeria was the hotspot cluster of Morocco and Tunisia, forming the increase area of forest cover in North Africa. Zambia, the coldest point, gathers Angola significantly, while the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania form a significantly reduced forest cover area. 3) Total population, land area, cultivated land, urban population, consumer price index, and birth rate are the main factors influencing the temporal evolution of forest cover change in Africa. It can be divided into four stages to interpret the different explanations and significance of each factor for forest cover change in the study area.

Forests ◽  
2022 ◽  
Vol 13 (1) ◽  
pp. 81
Achuan Wang ◽  
Xinnian Yang ◽  
Dabo Xin

The tree sway frequency is an important part of the dynamic properties of trees. In order to obtain trees sway frequency in wind, a method of tracking and measuring the sway frequency of leafless deciduous trees by adaptive tracking window based on MOSSE was proposed. Firstly, an adaptive tracking window is constructed for the observed target. Secondly, the tracking method based on Minimum Output Sum Of Squared Error Filter (MOSSE) is used to track tree sway. Thirdly, Fast Fourier transform was used to analyze the horizontal sway velocity of the target area on the trees, and the sway frequency was determined. Finally, comparing the power spectral densities (PSDs) of the x axis acceleration measured by the accelerometer and PSDs of the x axis velocity measured by the video, the fundamental sway frequency measured by the accelerometer is equal to the fundamental sway frequency measured by video. The results show that the video-based method can be used successfully for measuring the sway frequency of leafless deciduous trees.

2022 ◽  
Vol 2022 ◽  
pp. 1-11
Jia Liu ◽  
Wei Chen ◽  
Ziyang Chen ◽  
Lin Liu ◽  
Yuhong Wu ◽  

Skyline query is a typical multiobjective query and optimization problem, which aims to find out the information that all users may be interested in a multidimensional data set. Multiobjective optimization has been applied in many scientific fields, including engineering, economy, and logistics. It is necessary to make the optimal decision when two or more conflicting objectives are weighed. For example, maximize the service area without changing the number of express points, and in the existing business district distribution, find out the area or target point set whose target attribute is most in line with the user’s interest. Group Skyline is a further extension of the traditional definition of Skyline. It considers not only a single point but a group of points composed of multiple points. These point groups should not be dominated by other point groups. For example, in the previous example of business district selection, a single target point in line with the user’s interest is not the focus of the research, but the overall optimality of all points in the whole target area is the final result that the user wants. This paper focuses on how to efficiently solve top- k group Skyline query problem. Firstly, based on the characteristics that the low levels of Skyline dominate the high level points, a group Skyline ranking strategy and the corresponding SLGS algorithm on Skyline layer are proposed according to the number of Skyline layer and vertices in the layer. Secondly, a group Skyline ranking strategy based on vertex coverage is proposed, and corresponding VCGS algorithm and optimized algorithm VCGS+ are proposed. Finally, experiments verify the effectiveness of this method from two aspects: query response time and the quality of returned results.

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