Alcorn State receives Capacity Building Grant on 3D Fruit Bruise Detection Research
Computer Science Associate Professor Dr. Ping Zhang and his research team received a high-tech research grant of $386,187 from USDA/NIFA. This research project will investigate a novel 3-D near-infrared imaging technologies to automatically detect bruised fruits. The proposed fruit bruise detection system with 3-D technologies will significantly improve bruise detection performance on apples, tomatoes and other fruits. It can be used to calculate the shelf-life of the fruits. Therefore, it is expected to further reduce the economic cost and product loss caused by bruises.
It is expected to solve the intrinsic problems of high labor cost, fatigue, and non-availability of trained workers in the fruit harvest and storage process. It will also solve the problems in the 2-D imaging technology.
The implementation of this project will bring computer information technologies to farmers. Students who will participate in the project will receive interdisciplinary training in information technologies with an emphasis on agriculture applications for Mississippi and the nation.