Fault Detection in Sugarcane Crop Lines Using Hough Transform

  • Alexsandro M. Carneiro UCDB
  • Gabriel T. H. Higa UCDB
  • Alexandre G. de O. Rodrigues UCDB
  • José M. Junior UFMS
  • Hemerson Pistori UCDB / UFMS


In this work, we present an algorithm for detecting faults in sugarcane planting rows using the Hough transform, supported by image pre-processing techniques, such as binarization, morphological operators, filters, and skeletonization. Seven preprocessing calibration parameters are investigated. For the calibration and testing of the proposed method, a set of images with 589 samples, captured by UAV in an area located in Nova Andradina, MS, is presented.


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CARNEIRO, Alexsandro M.; HIGA, Gabriel T. H.; RODRIGUES, Alexandre G. de O.; M. JUNIOR, José; PISTORI, Hemerson. Fault Detection in Sugarcane Crop Lines Using Hough Transform. In: WORKSHOP DE VISÃO COMPUTACIONAL (WVC), 18. , 2023, São Bernardo do Campo/SP. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2023 . p. 90-95. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5753/wvc.2023.27538.