Using Convolutional Neural Networks for Plant Classification

Razavi S., Yalçın H.

25th Signal Processing and Communications Applications Conference (SIU), Antalya, Turkey, 15 - 18 May 2017 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Growing concerns about increasing world population and limited food resources have been leading researchers to utilize advanced computing technology to improve the efficiency of agricultural fields. Computing technology is expected to increase the productivity, contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between environmental factors and healthy crops, reduce the labor costs for farmers and increase the operation speed and accuracy. Implementing machine learning methods such as deep neural networks on agricultural data has gained immense attention in recent years. One of the most important problems is automatic classification of plant species based on their types. Automatic plant type identification process could offer a great help for application of pesticides, fertilization and harvesting of different species on-time in order to improve the production processes of food and drug industries. In this paper, we propose a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) architecture to classify the type of plants from the image sequences collected from smart agro-stations. The construction of the CNN architecture and the depth of CNN are crucial points that should be emphasized since they affect the recognition capability of the architecture of neural networks. In order to evaluate the performance of the approach proposed in this paper, the results obtained through CNN model are compared with those obtained by employing SVM classifier with different kernels, as well as feature descriptors such as LBP and GIST. The performance of the approach is tested on the dataset collected through a government supported project, TARBIL, for which over 1200 agro-stations are placed throughout Turkey.