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Multispectral camera design and algorithms for python snake detection in the Florida Everglades
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Paper Abstract

The Burmese Python has invaded the Florida Everglades where the estimate of pythons is around 150,000 and rapidly growing. Pythons were released as unwanted pets in South Florida and now they are an apex invasive species. As a result, the local fauna population has been largely decimated, and there is an increasing concern about python migration to northern latitudes. Working with a team interested in developing a python detection camera, we have taken hyperspectral and multispectral reflectivity measurements of Brumese Pythons in the visible and near infrared bands (VisNIR). The results show that some VisNIR reflectivity bands can be used to automatically discriminate pythons in the wild. This paper discusses the results of our data collections and provides a camera design process that includes a band selection algorithm and pixel-level classification using machine learning. Additionally, we show a visual enhancement alternative that helps to identify pythons in realistic conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10986, Algorithms, Technologies, and Applications for Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imagery XXV, 109860Y (14 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2519109
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Gonzalo Vaca-Castano, IMEC USA (United States)
Ronald Driggers, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Orges Furxhi, IMEC USA (United States)
Carl Arvidson, Extended Reality Systems, LLC (United States)
Frank Mazzotti, Univ. of Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10986:
Algorithms, Technologies, and Applications for Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imagery XXV
Miguel Velez-Reyes; David W. Messinger, Editor(s)

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