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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

A Multiagent System for Edge Detection and Continuity Perception on Fish Otolith Images

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EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20022002:756043

  • Received: 5 July 2001
  • Published:


We present an algorithm for fish otolith growth ring detection using a multiagent system. Up to now, the identification of growth rings, for age estimation, is routinely achieved by human readers, but this task is tedious and depends on the reader subjectivity. One of the major problems encountered during an automatic contour detection is the lack of ring continuity perception. We present an approach to improve this continuity perception based on a 2D reconstruction of rings using a multiagent system. The originality of the approach is to use local edge detection achieved by agents and combine it with continuity perception that active contours allow.


  • edge detection
  • multiagent system
  • otolith

Authors’ Affiliations

École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Brest, Technopôle Brest-Iroise, BP 30815, Brest, Cedex 29608, France
Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation des Mers, Center de Brest, Laboratoire de Sclérochronologie des Animaux Aquatiques, BP 70, Plouzané, 29280, France


© Guillaud et al. 2002