Automatic segmentation and classification of seven-segment display digits on auroral images
- 1Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
- 2Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
- 3University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
- 4University Centre in Svalbard, Svalbard, Norway
Abstract. In this paper we describe a new and fully automatic method for segmenting and classifying digits in seven-segment displays. The method is applied to a dataset consisting of about 7 million auroral all-sky images taken during the time period of 1973–1997 at camera stations centred around Sodankylä observatory in northern Finland. In each image there is a clock display for the date and time together with the reflection of the whole night sky through a spherical mirror. The digitised film images of the night sky contain valuable scientific information but are impractical to use without an automatic method for extracting the date–time from the display. We describe the implementation and the results of such a method in detail in this paper.