Professor Ivan Tyukin (Mathematics)
Professor Kevin Tansey (Geography)
Ref: LIH533 MPhil
The characterisation of tree structural features is important for ecological, climate change with respect to changes in above-ground biomass and environmental studies. The University of Leicester is interested in using advanced observational technologies to understand how we can extract meaningful information about the properties of trees.
Bluesky International Ltd is a leading supplier of aerial survey, GIS and location-based data and services and has offices in the UK, US, Ireland and India. Amongst other services, the company delivers nationwide individual tree mapping to key clients, e.g. Ordnance Survey. In view of our “Flying Cities” campaign we have recently upgraded our sensor suite to a new generation LIDAR system capable of acquiring up to 100 points per square meter.
The company has identified a revenue opportunity in the provision of enriched maps of individual trees including tree structural measurements and species classification. However, the associated research for the development of automated algorithms for the processing of high point density LIDAR datasets requires expertise across natural science and data science that the company currently does not have across its staff.
This R&D project will therefore experiment and develop approaches for the processing of the point cloud towards the extraction of tree structural features and the classification of tree species. The immediate outputs of this project would be an annotated software code for tree identification, feature extraction and species classification, and a synthetic technical documentation on its algorithmic.