An issue of some interest to those in the lumber and timber industry is the rapid matching of a cut log face with its mate. For example, the U.S. Forest Service experiences a considerable loss of its valuable tree properties through poaching every year. They desire a tool that can rapidly scan a stack of cut timber faces, taken in a suspect lumber mill yard, and identify matches to a scanned photograph of stump faces of poached trees. Such a tool clearly falls into the category of a biometric identifier.

We have developed such a tool and have shown that it has usefully high biometric discrimination in the matching of a stump photograph to its cut face. It has certain limitations, described in this paper, but is otherwise eminently suitable for the task for which it was created.


Face Image Zernike Moment Biometric Measure Matching Face Circular Component 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. A. Barrett
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  1. 1.Department of Computer EngineeringSan Jose State UniversitySan Jose

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