Automatic food recognition system for middle-eastern cuisines

Marwa Qaraqe, Muhammad Usman, Kashif Ahmad, Amir Sohail, Ali Boyaci

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The concerns for a healthier diet are increasing day by day, especially in diabetics wherein the aim of healthier diet can only be achieved by keeping a track of daily food intake and glucose-level. As a consequence, there is an ever-increasing need for automatic tools able to help diabetics to manage their diet and also help physicians to better analyse the effects of various types of food on the glucose-level of diabetics. In this paper, we propose an intelligent food recognition and tracking system for diabetics, which is potentially an essential part of a mobile application that we propose to couple food intake with the blood glucose-level using glucose measuring sensors. For food recognition, we rely on several feature extraction and classification techniques individually and jointly using an early and three different late fusion techniques, namely (i) Particle Swarm Optimisation (PSO), (ii) Genetic Algorithms (GA) based fusion and (iii) simple averaging. Moreover, we also evaluate the performance of several handcrafted and deep features and compare the results against state-of-the-art. In addition, we collect a large-scale dataset containing images from several types of local Middle-Eastern food, which is intended to become a powerful support tool for future research in the domain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2469-2479
Number of pages11
JournalIET Image Processing
Issue number11
Early online date28 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • feature extraction
  • genetic algorithms
  • diseases
  • image fusion
  • sugar
  • blood
  • particle swarm optimisation
  • image classification
  • medical image processing
  • object tracking
  • automatic tools
  • diabetics
  • intelligent food recognition
  • tracking system
  • mobile application
  • blood glucose level
  • glucose measuring sensors
  • classification techniques
  • early fusion techniques
  • genetic algorithm-based fusion
  • local middle-eastern food
  • automatic food recognition system
  • middle-eastern cuisines
  • healthier diet
  • daily food intake
  • large-scale dataset collection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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