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Food volume estimation by multi-layer superpixel


  • Received: 30 August 2022 Revised: 10 December 2022 Accepted: 09 January 2023 Published: 31 January 2023
  • Estimating the volume of food plays an important role in diet monitoring. However, it is difficult to perform this estimation automatically and accurately. A new method based on the multi-layer superpixel technique is proposed in this paper to avoid tedious human-computer interaction and improve estimation accuracy. Our method includes the following steps: 1) obtain a pair of food images along with the depth information using a stereo camera; 2) reconstruct the plate plane from the disparity map; 3) warp the input image and the disparity map to form a new direction of view parallel to the plate plane; 4) cut the warped image into a series of slices according to the depth information and estimate the occluded part of the food; and 5) rescale superpixels for each slice and estimate the food volume by accumulating all available slices in the segmented food region. Through a combination of image data and disparity map, the influences of noise and visual error in existing interactive food volume estimation methods are reduced, and the estimation accuracy is improved. Our experiments show that our method is effective, accurate and convenient, providing a new tool for promoting a balanced diet and maintaining health.

    Citation: Xin Zheng, Chenhan Liu, Yifei Gong, Qian Yin, Wenyan Jia, Mingui Sun. Food volume estimation by multi-layer superpixel[J]. Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 2023, 20(4): 6294-6311. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2023271

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  • Estimating the volume of food plays an important role in diet monitoring. However, it is difficult to perform this estimation automatically and accurately. A new method based on the multi-layer superpixel technique is proposed in this paper to avoid tedious human-computer interaction and improve estimation accuracy. Our method includes the following steps: 1) obtain a pair of food images along with the depth information using a stereo camera; 2) reconstruct the plate plane from the disparity map; 3) warp the input image and the disparity map to form a new direction of view parallel to the plate plane; 4) cut the warped image into a series of slices according to the depth information and estimate the occluded part of the food; and 5) rescale superpixels for each slice and estimate the food volume by accumulating all available slices in the segmented food region. Through a combination of image data and disparity map, the influences of noise and visual error in existing interactive food volume estimation methods are reduced, and the estimation accuracy is improved. Our experiments show that our method is effective, accurate and convenient, providing a new tool for promoting a balanced diet and maintaining health.



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