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Food Volume Estimation From A Single Image Using Virtual Reality Technology

Zhang, Zhengnan (2011) Food Volume Estimation From A Single Image Using Virtual Reality Technology. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Obesity has become a widespread epidemic threatening the health of millions of Americans and costing billions of dollars in health care. In both obesity research and clinical intervention, an accurate tool for diet evaluation is required. In this thesis, a new approach to the estimation of the volume of food from a single input image is presented based on the virtual reality (VR) technology. A VR system is contracted for food image acquisition, camera parameters calibration, virtual reality modeling and construction, virtual object manipulation, and food volume estimation. Our system utilizes a checkerboard to calibrate the intrinsic and extrinsic parameters of the camera using image process techniques. Once these parameters are obtained, we establish a VR space in which a virtual 3D wireframe is projected into the food image in a well-defined proportional relationship. Within this space, the user is able to scale, deform, translate and rotate the virtual wireframe to fit the food in the image. Finally, the known volume of the wireframe is utilized to compute the food volume using the proportional relationship. Our experimental study has indicated that our VR system is highly accurate and robust in estimating volumes of both regularly and irregularly shaped foods, providing a powerful diet evaluation tool for both obesity research and treatment.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSun,
Committee MemberLi,
Committee MemberFernstrom, John
Committee MemberSclabassi, Robert
Committee MemberMao,
Date: 26 January 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 22 November 2010
Approval Date: 26 January 2011
Submission Date: 23 November 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Electrical Engineering
Degree: MSEE - Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: obesity
Other ID:, etd-11232010-155747
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:06
Last Modified: 14 May 2012 18:12


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