Motion tracking of a plant during its growth

Posted on 17 Oct 2016 in Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble

Motion tracking of a plant during its growth


The Carambole project aims at constructing a virtual space-time 3D model of a growing plant and using this model to give accurate measurements about the plant motion. Of particular interest is the Averrhoa Carambola, which possesses a nutation motion of unknown origin. Targeted measurements include this nutation motion, as well as the growth along the spine of a leaf.


The master student will perform the following tasks:

  • Study the relevant bibliography about non-rigid shape tracking;
  • Discuss and propose a solution relevant to this problem with advisors;
  • Exhibit a preliminary implementation of the proposed solution;
  • Validate this solution on acquired datasets of Averrhoa Carambola and other plants. The student will have access to the Kinovis platform to perform her/his own 3D acquisitions;
  • Write a Master’s thesis with details of the proposed method, bibliography and experiments.

Student profile

  • Master student – preferably in Computer Science or Applied Mathematics.
  • Creative and highly motivated.
  • Solid programming skills; the project involves programming in Python and using Matlab.
  • Solid mathematics knowledge, especially in linear algebra and discrete geometry.
  • Prior courses or knowledge in the areas of computer vision, mesh processing, computational geometry is a plus.
  • Fluent English or French spoken.

Duration: 5-7 months

Start date: February 2017.

Location: Inria Grenoble Rhône-Alpes, France.

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