Automated Tracking of Drosophila Specimens
AbstractThe fruit fly Drosophila Melanogaster has become a model organism in the study of neurobiology and behavior patterns. The analysis of the way the fly moves and its behavior is of great scientific interest for research on aspects such as drug tolerance, aggression or ageing in humans. In this article, a procedure for detecting, identifying and tracking numerous specimens of Drosophila by means of computer vision-based sensing systems is presented. This procedure allows dynamic information about each specimen to be collected at each moment, and then for its behavior to be quantitatively characterized. The proposed algorithm operates in three main steps: a pre-processing step, a detection and segmentation step, and tracking shape. The pre-processing and segmentation steps allow some limits of the image acquisition system and some visual artifacts (such as shadows and reflections) to be dealt with. The improvements introduced in the tracking step allow the problems corresponding to identity loss and swaps, caused by the interaction between individual flies, to be solved efficiently. Thus, a robust method that compares favorably to other existing methods is obtained. View Full-Text
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Chao, R.; Macía-Vázquez, G.; Zalama, E.; Gómez-García-Bermejo, J.; Perán, J.-R. Automated Tracking of Drosophila Specimens. Sensors 2015, 15, 19369-19392.
Chao R, Macía-Vázquez G, Zalama E, Gómez-García-Bermejo J, Perán J-R. Automated Tracking of Drosophila Specimens. Sensors. 2015; 15(8):19369-19392.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chao, Rubén; Macía-Vázquez, Germán; Zalama, Eduardo; Gómez-García-Bermejo, Jaime; Perán, José-Ramón. 2015. "Automated Tracking of Drosophila Specimens." Sensors 15, no. 8: 19369-19392.