Automatic Counting and Classification of Microplastic Particles

Javier Lorenzo-Navarro, Modesto Castrillón-Santana, May Gómez, Alicia Herrera, Pedro A. Marín-Reyes

Abstract

Microplastic particles have become an important ecological problem due to the huge amount of plastics debris that ends up in the sea. An additional impact is the ingestion of microplastics by marine species, and thus microplastics enter into the food chain with unpredictable effects on humans. In addition to the exploration of their presence in fishes, researchers are studying the presence of microplastics in coastal areas. The workload is therefore time consuming, due to the need to carry out regular campaigns to quantify their presence in the samples. So, in this work a method for automatic counting and classifying microplastic particles is presented. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first proposal to address this challenging problem. The method makes use of Computer Vision techniques for analyzing the acquired images of the samples; and Machine Learning techniques to develop accurate classifiers of the different types of microplastic particles that are considered. The obtained results show that making use of color based and shape based features along with a Random Forest classifier, an accuracy of 96.6% is achieved recognizing four types of particles: pellets, fragments, tar and line.

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Lorenzo-Navarro J., Castrillón-Santana M., Gómez M., Herrera A. and Marín-Reyes P. (2018). Automatic Counting and Classification of Microplastic Particles.In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods - Volume 1: ICPRAM, ISBN 978-989-758-276-9, pages 646-652. DOI: 10.5220/0006725006460652


in Bibtex Style

@conference{icpram18,
author={Javier Lorenzo-Navarro and Modesto Castrillón-Santana and May Gómez and Alicia Herrera and Pedro A. Marín-Reyes},
title={Automatic Counting and Classification of Microplastic Particles},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods - Volume 1: ICPRAM,},
year={2018},
pages={646-652},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006725006460652},
isbn={978-989-758-276-9},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods - Volume 1: ICPRAM,
TI - Automatic Counting and Classification of Microplastic Particles
SN - 978-989-758-276-9
AU - Lorenzo-Navarro J.
AU - Castrillón-Santana M.
AU - Gómez M.
AU - Herrera A.
AU - Marín-Reyes P.
PY - 2018
SP - 646
EP - 652
DO - 10.5220/0006725006460652