Summer School on Image Analysis for Plant Phenotyping

The University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus

7-10 July 2015


This three-day workshop, organised by Wageningen UR and CPIB, will provide an overview of image analysis for automatic plant phenotyping. It is primarily intended for plant researchers working on automatic phenotyping and technical experts in breeding companies who use, or plan to use, image analysis. The course will provide a mixture of underlying theory and hands-on training.

Workshop structure

The first half day, starting at 12:00 on Tuesday 7 July, will provide an introduction to image analysis for those who are new to the field. This afternoon session will cover various aspects of image recording including camera set up, illumination, calibration, colour imaging and file formats. The afternoon will end with a practical introduction to ImageJ, a widely-used, free and open-source software tool for image analysis. Attendance on Tuesday is not necessary for people who already have some experience in this field.

Starting on day 2, participants will receive an overview of selected image analysis methods. They will experiment with image enhancement techniques like contrast stretching, linear and non-linear filtering, including edge detection. Image segmentation and a range of binary image processing operations (erosion, dilation, opening/closing, propagation, skeletonization) will then be covered. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with different image representation techniques and learn to understand the importance of proper image storage.

The automatic measurement of features describing aspects of plant size, shape, colour and texture is central to plant phenotyping. Participants will experiment with methods capable of extracting such features under the guidance of experience plant image analysts. Though most current plant phenotyping systems operate in two-dimensions, using a single image of the plant, methods for the recovery of 3D measurements are now emerging. Day 3 will end with a session on 3D image analysis and the extraction of 3D measurements of plants from multiple images.

On the morning of day 4 participants will have the opportunity to work on real plant image analysis problems – and are encouraged to bring their own images and problems to the workshop – again with the guidance and support of experienced image analysts.

Cost & places available

Cost: 750 Euro, (If you are from academia, please note the first 12 people to sign up will have this cost reimbursed via a bursary.)
Maximum number of participants: 30


The Summer School will take place in state of the art teaching and laboratory facilities at the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus. The campus is close to East Midlands Airport and well-served by national road and rail links. Maps and directions are available.

A variety of low-cost accommodation is available on Jubilee campus, at the neighbouring University Park campus, and in the surrounding city of Nottingham.

School of Computer Science
Jubilee Campus
The University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham NG8 1BB


For further details contact Prof Tony Pridmore (, Rick van de Zedde ( or Gerrit Polder (

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