Transfer Learning from Synthetic Data Applied to Soil–Root Segmentation in X-Ray Tomography Images

Clément Douarre, Richard Schielein, Carole Frindel, Stefan Gerth, David Rousseau
2018 Journal of Imaging  
One of the most challenging computer vision problems in the plant sciences is the segmentation of roots and soil in X-ray tomography. So far, this has been addressed using classical image analysis methods. In this paper, we address this soil-root segmentation problem in X-ray tomography using a variant of supervised deep learning-based classification called transfer learning where the learning stage is based on simulated data. The robustness of this technique, tested for the first time with
more » ... plant science problem, is established using soil-roots with very low contrast in X-ray tomography. We also demonstrate the possibility of efficiently segmenting the root from the soil while learning using purely synthetic soil and roots.
doi:10.3390/jimaging4050065 fatcat:mnatauddwbgg7p4hhk43qgl7cu