An Image Processing and Pattern Analysis Approach for Food Recognition

Title: An Image Processing and Pattern Analysis Approach for Food Recognition
Authors: Pouladzadeh, Parisa
Date: 2013
Abstract: As people across the globe are becoming more interested in watching their weight, eating more healthily, and avoiding obesity, a system that can measure calories and nutrition in everyday meals can be very useful. Recently, there has been an increase in the usage of personal mobile technology such as smartphones or tablets, which users carry with them practically all the time. In this paper, we proposed a food calorie and nutrition measurement system that can help patients and dieticians to measure and manage daily food intake. Our system is built on food image processing and uses nutritional fact tables. Via a special calibration technique, our system uses the built-in camera of such mobile devices and records a photo of the food before and after eating it in order to measure the consumption of calorie and nutrient components. The proposed algorithm used color, texture and contour segmentation and extracted important features such as shape, color, size and texture. Using various combinations of these features and applying a support vector machine as a classifier, a good classification was achieved and simulation results show that the algorithm recognizes food categories with an accuracy rate of 92.2%, on average.
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