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A visual training based approach to surface inspection

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Author: Niskanen, Matti1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Technology, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: 2003
Publish Date: 2003-06-18
Thesis type: Doctoral Dissertation
Defence Note: Academic Dissertation to be presented with the assent of the Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, for public discussion in Raahensali (Auditorium L10), Linnanmaa, on June 18th, 2003, at 12 noon.
Reviewer: Doctor Pasi Koikkalainen
Professor Jaakko Vuorilehto


Training a visual inspection device is not straightforward but suffers from the high variation in material to be inspected. This variation causes major difficulties for a human, and this is directly reflected in classifier training.

Many inspection devices utilize rule-based classifiers the building and training of which rely mainly on human expertise. While designing such a classifier, a human tries to find the questions that would provide proper categorization. In training, an operator tunes the classifier parameters, aiming to achieve as good classification accuracy as possible. Such classifiers require lot of time and expertise before they can be fully utilized.

Supervised classifiers form another common category. These learn automatically from training material, but rely on labels that a human has set for it. However, these labels tend to be inconsistent and thus reduce the classification accuracy achieved. Furthermore, as class boundaries are learnt from training samples, they cannot in practise be later adjusted if needed.

In this thesis, a visual based training method is presented. It avoids the problems related to traditional training methods by combining a classifier and a user interface. The method relies on unsupervised projection and provides an intuitive way to directly set and tune the class boundaries of high-dimensional data.

As the method groups the data only by the similarities of its features, it is not affected by erroneous and inconsistent labelling made for training samples. Furthermore, it does not require knowledge of the internal structure of the classifier or iterative parameter tuning, where a combination of parameter values leading to the desired class boundaries are sought. On the contrary, the class boundaries can be set directly, changing the classification parameters. The time need to take such a classifier into use is small and tuning the class boundaries can happen even on-line, if needed.

The proposed method is tested with various experiments in this thesis. Different projection methods are evaluated from the point of view of visual based training. The method is further evaluated using a self-organizing map (SOM) as the projection method and wood as the test material. Parameters such as accuracy, map size, and speed are measured and discussed, and overall the method is found to be an advantageous training and classification scheme.

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Series: Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. C, Technica
ISSN-E: 1796-2226
ISBN: 951-42-7067-3
ISBN Print: 951-42-7066-5
Issue: 186
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