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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Amy Tabb

Agricultural Engineer


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2217 Wiltshire Road

Kearneysville, WV 25430

Voice: (304) 725-3451 x386


Professional Biographical Information:


2004-present: USDA SCEP (Student Career Experience Program) participant;

                         Direct PhD student of Purdue University, Computer Engineering.


2001-2003: M.A. Duke University. Performance Practice of Music, piano specialization.


1997-2001: B.A. Sweet Briar College. Double major in Mathematics/Computer Science and Music.  Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.


Current Research:


Academic advisor is Avinash Kak at Purdue University and work supervisor is Michael Glenn.  Current research employs computer vision and sensors to solve problems in the fruit industry, specifically the automation of orchard tasks.


Current and future work is concerned with three-dimensional modeling of the orchard. This work is executed at AFRS in West Virginia and at the Robot Vision Lab of Purdue University.



  • A. Tabb, D. Peterson, and J. Park.  "Segmentation of Apple Fruit from Video via Background Modeling." ASABE Annual International Meeting, 2006.
  • J. Park, A. Tabb, and A. C. Kak, "Hierarchical Data Structure for Real-Time Background Subtraction,"  in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, 2006.
  • B.S.Bennedsen, D.L. Peterson, A. Tabb, "Identifying defects in images of rotating apples," Computer and Electronics in Agriculture 48 (2005) 92-102.



Purdue University, Electrical and Computer Engineering:

Purdue University, Robot Vision Laboratory:



Dry Bin Filler

For best results, use Windows Media Player to view the videos. 

The videos are 5 minutes in length.


AFRS dry bin filler, 25 MB (WMV - Medium Quality)

AFRS dry bin filler, 100 MB (WMV - High Quality)



Last Modified: 2/4/2010
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