Machine Vision and Applications

, Volume 24, Issue 8, pp 1589–1604 | Cite as

Fuzzy logic-based pre-classifier for tropical wood species recognition system

  • Rubiyah YusofEmail author
  • Marzuki Khalid
  • Anis Salwa Mohd Khairuddin
Original Paper


Classifying tropical wood species poses a considerable economic challenge and failure to classify the wood species accurately can have significant effects on timber industries. The problem of wood recognition is compounded with the nonlinearities of the features among the similar wood species. Besides that, large wood databases presented a problem of large processing time especially for online wood recognition system. In view of these problems, we propose the use of fuzzy logic-based pre-classifier as a means of treating uncertainty to improve the classification accuracy of tropical wood recognition system. The pre-classifier serve as a clustering mechanism for the large database simplifying the classification process making it more efficient. The use of the fuzzy logic-based pre-classifier has managed to increase the accuracy of the wood recognition system by 4 % and reduce the processing time for training and testing by more than 75 % and 26 % respectively.


Wood species recognition system Pattern recognition  Fuzzy logic Wood pores Texture 



The authors would like to thank Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) for funding this research through Technofund research grant (TF0106C213). The authors also would like to thank Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) for providing us with the wood samples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rubiyah Yusof
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marzuki Khalid
    • 1
  • Anis Salwa Mohd Khairuddin
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Artificial Intelligence and RoboticsUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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