Dietary Assessment on a Mobile Phone Using Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Techniques: Algorithm Design and System Prototyping

Nutrients. 2015 Jul 27;7(8):6128-38. doi: 10.3390/nu7085274.


Dietary assessment, while traditionally based on pen-and-paper, is rapidly moving towards automatic approaches. This study describes an Australian automatic food record method and its prototype for dietary assessment via the use of a mobile phone and techniques of image processing and pattern recognition. Common visual features including scale invariant feature transformation (SIFT), local binary patterns (LBP), and colour are used for describing food images. The popular bag-of-words (BoW) model is employed for recognizing the images taken by a mobile phone for dietary assessment. Technical details are provided together with discussions on the issues and future work.

Keywords: food image; food record; image processing; mHealth; pattern recognition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Australia
  • Cell Phone*
  • Diet
  • Diet Records*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted*
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Nutrition Assessment*
  • Photography*