From Event: SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging, 2017
Various types of optical imaging techniques measuring light reflectivity and scattering can detect microbial colonies of foodborne pathogens on agar plates. Until recently, these techniques were developed to provide solutions for hypothesis-driven studies, which focused on developing tools and batch/offline machine learning methods with well defined sets of data. These have relatively high accuracy and rapid response time because the tools and methods are often optimized for the collected data. However, they often need to be retrained or recalibrated when new untrained data and/or features are added. A big-data driven technique is more suitable for online learning of new/ambiguous samples and for mining unknown or hidden features. Although big data research in hyperspectral imaging is emerging in remote sensing and many tools and methods have been developed so far in many other applications such as bioinformatics, the tools and methods still need to be evaluated and adjusted in applications where the conventional batch machine learning algorithms were dominant. The primary objective of this study is to evaluate appropriate big data analytic tools and methods for online learning and mining of foodborne pathogens on agar plates. After the tools and methods are successfully identified, they will be applied to rapidly search big color and hyperspectral image data of microbial colonies collected over the past 5 years in house and find the most probable colony or a group of colonies in the collected big data. The meta-data, such as collection time and any unstructured data (e.g. comments), will also be analyzed and presented with output results. The expected results will be novel, big data-driven technology to correctly detect and recognize microbial colonies of various foodborne pathogens on agar plates.
Seung-Chul Yoon, Bosoon Park, and Kurt C. Lawrence, "Big data analytics in hyperspectral imaging for detection of microbial colonies on agar plates (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10217, Sensing for Agriculture and Food Quality and Safety IX, 102170M (Presented at SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging: April 14, 2017; Published: 6 June 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2262800.5460687041001.
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