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Title: Monitoring Fermentation of Black Tea with Image Processing Techniques
Authors: Saranka, S.
Kartheeswaran, T.
Wanniarachchi, D.D.C.
Wanniarachchi, W.K.I.L.
Keywords: Fermentation
Image processing
Issue Date: 22-May-2016
Publisher: Institute o f Physics - Sri Lanka, 32nd Technical Sessions, March 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Abstract: The possibility to use digital images of tea particles as a tool to monitor fermentation ofblack tea processing is studied in this project. Copper green color is the predicted colorused to measure the degree of fermentation; therefore, determining the fermentation levelby observing the copper green using naked eye is error prone and affects the completeproduct outcome. Tea particles of a certain batch after rolling step are categorized in to three difrent groups as dhool 1-3 based upon particle size.Therefore, the duration offermentation is varied by dhool number of a given batch due to varied sizes of teaparticles. The method used in this project is divided into three main phases, image preprocessing,identification of the dhool number, and prediction of the fermentation level.Image processing techniques are used to extract features of tea leaves and Support VectorMachine (SVM) is used as the classifier to train the system and obtain accuracy in eachstage. The results indicate higher accuracy in predicting the dhool 1 which is over 77%accurate while dhools 2 and 3 indicated accuracy levels of 69% and 73% respectively.The fermentation time can be predicted with average accuracy of 94% for dhool 1 and92% and 91% for dhools 2 and 3 respectively. Therefore, results indicate that imageprocessing techniques can
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