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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Collaborations/Partnering with our lab
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Our Research Approach:

  1. Identify image or signal features that distinguish defects or contaminants of interest.
  2. Develop algorithms to automatically recognize target defect and/or contaminant.
  3. Develop a prototype unit for real-time sorting in a laboratory environment.
  4. Refine the prototype and incorporate material handling equipment into a demonstration unit for real time testing in an industrial environment.
  5. Transfer the technology to appropriate industries.

Accessibility and Collaboration/Partnering:

Most of the sorting projects are collaborations, generally initiated by the food industry in response to a particular need. Industry or agency representatives seeking solutions to detection or sorting problems are encouraged to contact us to explore the possibility of collaborative research. Collaborations can be either informal arrangements or formal agreements. For informal collaborations or if you have any questions, please contact us. For more information regarding formal collaborations with the Agricultural Research Service click here

Current and Past Projects and Lab Resources:

This lab's research spans a wide variety of imaging and sorting technologies- including algorithm development, x-ray imaging, sampling theory, near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, machine vision, acoustics, and laser imaging.  Over the years we have built up a large inventory of specialized processing equipment and machines.  For more information please go to Projects & Resources


Last Modified: 2/20/2014