Maryland Robotics Student Seminar: Instant Segmentation of Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay

Friday, October 23, 2020
2:00 p.m.
Online presentation. Registration required

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Instant Segmentation of Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay

Behzad Sadrfaridpour
Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Systems Research
Advisor: Dr. Miao Yu, Dr. Yiannis Aloimonos, Dr. Yang Tao

Oysters are an essential species in the Chesapeake Bay living ecosystem. Oysters are filter feeders and are considered the vacuum cleaners of the Chesapeake Bay that can considerably improve the water quality. Recent advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence have opened new opportunities in the domain of aquaculture. Drone-like ROVs with high maneuverability are getting more affordable and, if equipped with proper sensory devices, can be used for detection and segmentation of oysters and generation of oyster size and frequency maps subsequently. We present our efforts for videography of the Chesapeake bay bottom using an ROV to construct an oyster database and for the implementation of Mask R-CNN used in the detection and segmentation of oysters.

About the Robotics Student Seminars
The Robotics Student Seminars at the University of Maryland College Park are a student-run series of talks given by current robotics students.

The purpose of these talks is to:

  • Encourage interaction between Robotics students from different subfields;
  • Provide an opportunity for Robotics students to be aware of and possibly get involved in the research their peers are conducting;
  • Provide an opportunity for Robotics students to receive feedback on their current research;
  • Provide speaking opportunities for Robotics students.

Contact: Lena Johnson,


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