Automated Image Analysis for Fisheries Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-13-CN-0080
Agency Tracking Number: 13-090
Amount: $95,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.2.1F
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2013-1
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117-3021
DUNS: 054672662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Sullivan
 Vice President, Senior Scientist
 (805) 968-6787
Business Contact
Research Institution
We propose to develop software that is capable of automatically classifying and measuring the length of fish observed in video. We will focus initially on underwater video, but much of the software will also be applicable to fish onboard commercial fishing vessels as well. Our approach is to first segment fish based on their motion in the water. For this purpose, we will make use of existing automated detection and tracking software developed at Toyon for the purposes of detecting and tracking people in video. In order to get a size estimate of the fish, we need to know the range to the fish and in order to get this information we propose the use of two camera and stereoscopic algorithms. For classifying the fish, we need to get a snapshot as close to broadside as possible for comparison with a library of feature models and we intend to select this image by maximizing the area of the segmented fish at a given range. At the end of Phase I, we will demonstrate the ability to automatically detect and track fish in underwater video and we will classify fish using a set of snapshots selected in cooperation with NOAA staff. We will create a confusion matrix for the classifier which quantifies the performance of the classifier when using the datasheet selected in Phase I. Finally, we will compare length measurements of fish made by an imaging system to physical measurements of the fish.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government