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Convolutional Neural Networks for individual identification in the Southern Rock Lobster supply chain


Vo, SA and Scanlan, J and Turner, P and Ollington, R, Convolutional Neural Networks for individual identification in the Southern Rock Lobster supply chain, Food Control, 118 Article 107419. ISSN 0956-7135 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2020.107419


In most traceability system, product identification is the key to enable the tracking activities along the supply chain to be carried out. Product tagging using barcode and RFID is the most common method for this purpose. However, these practices can be challenging for small businesses due to the cost and time burdens. In addition to this, concern of fraudulent activities such as cloning, substitution and reuse becomes a tangible risk in complicated and poor controlled markets. In approaching Southern Rock Lobster (SRL), this paper proposes an image-based identification solution for individuals using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs). This work is built on the prior research of automated lobster grading by the authors, with this next step working towards a low-cost biometric recognition solution for lobster tracking from catch to consumers. In this approach, a Siamese model combined with a contrastive loss function was adopted to distinguish between individual lobsters based on carapace images. These areas are believed to contain individually recognisable features formed by colours and spiny patterns. Preliminary experiments on an image dataset of 200 individual lobsters collected at a lobster processor show the feasibility of using lobster images as an additional factor to provide increased security to the current tag-based tracking systems in use within the SRL supply chain.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:CNNs, Siamese network, southern rock lobster, recognition, traceability.
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Computer vision and multimedia computation
Research Field:Computer vision
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Processed food products and beverages (excl. dairy products)
Objective Field:Processed fish and seafood products
UTAS Author:Vo, SA (Mr Son Vo)
UTAS Author:Scanlan, J (Dr Joel Scanlan)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
UTAS Author:Ollington, R (Dr Robert Ollington)
ID Code:139648
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2020-06-24
Last Modified:2020-07-22

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