Challenges for computer vision as a tool for screening urban trees through street-view images

Tito Arevalo-Ramirez*, Anali Alfaro, José Figueroa, Mauricio Ponce-Donoso, Jose M. Saavedra, Matías Recabarren, José Delpiano

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Urban forests play a fundamental and irreplaceable role within cities through the ecosystem services they provide, such as carbon capture. However, inadequate management of urban trees can heighten the risks they pose to society. For instance, mechanical failures of tree components, such as branches, can cause harm to individuals and property. Regular assessments of tree conditions are necessary to mitigate these tree-related hazards, yet such evaluations are labor-intensive and currently lack automation. Previous studies have proposed utilizing street view images to alleviate tree inspection and shown the feasibility of visually inspecting trees. However, only a limited number of studies have addressed the automatic evaluation of urban trees, a challenge that can potentially be addressed using deep learning networks. Particularly in urban environments, there is a pressing need for increased automation in unresolved computer vision tasks. Therefore, this research presents a comprehensive analysis of neural networks and publicly available datasets that can aid arborists in automatically identifying urban trees. Specifically, we investigate the potential of deep learning networks in classifying tree genera and segmenting individual trees and their trunks. We emphasize the utilization of transfer learning strategies to enhance tree identification. The results demonstrate that neural networks can be considered practical tools for assisting arborists in tree recognition. Nevertheless, there are still gaps that remain and require attention in future research endeavors.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo128316
Páginas (desde-hasta)1-12
Número de páginas12
PublicaciónUrban Forestry and Urban Greening
EstadoPublicada - may. 2024

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