Manual and Automated Analysis of Stereo Images and Transitions of HabCAM Technology to NOAA Operations

Underwater stereo imagery is becoming commonplace. For example, WHOI and
the HabCam Group have developed and are delivering a towed stereo camera system for
stock assessment of scallop, finfish, and characterization of habitat to the NEFSC in June
2012. This proposal consists of two objectives and deliverables specifically addressing
the need to transition this technology into operational fisheries assessment. To this end,
the highest priority is to provide software tools for manually and automatically annotating
stereo images produced by the new NOAA HabCam instrument, and to train NOAA
technicians in the operation and maintenance of the entire system. The objectives are: 1)
To augment current monoscopic (2D) measurement and annotation of HabCam and other
stereo pair images with calibrated stereo (3D) photogrammetric and machine vision
techniques, allowing more accurate measurements than are currently available. The result
will be an open source software toolbox available throughout NOAA and the scientific
community that will provide 3D measurement functionality that currently does not exist;
2) To provide to NOAA personnel documentation and training of all HabCam operational
procedures including manual annotation, vehicle operations, data ingestion into the
database, and production of data products