Coded Illumination and Imaging for Fluorescence Based Classification

Yuta Asano, Misaki Meguro, Chao Wang, Antony Lam, Yinqiang Zheng, Takahiro Okabe, Imari Sato; Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 502-516


The quick detection of specific substances in objects such as produce items via non-destructive visual cues is vital to ensuring the quality and safety of consumer products. At the same time, it is well-known that the fluorescence excitation-emission characteristics of many organic objects can serve as a kind of ``fingerprint'' for detecting the presence of specific substances in classification tasks such as determining if something is safe to consume. However, conventional capture of the fluorescence excitation-emission matrix can take on the order of minutes and can only be done for point measurements. In this paper, we propose a coded illumination approach whereby light spectra are learned such that key visual fluorescent features can be easily seen for material classification. We show that under a single coded illuminant, we can capture one RGB image and perform pixel-level classifications of materials at high accuracy. This is demonstrated through effective classification of different types of honey and alcohol using real images.

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author = {Asano, Yuta and Meguro, Misaki and Wang, Chao and Lam, Antony and Zheng, Yinqiang and Okabe, Takahiro and Sato, Imari},
title = {Coded Illumination and Imaging for Fluorescence Based Classification},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}