Inventory is an important
part of any library, but lets face it, it is also
the most boring part of any library. Wouldn't be
great if you could get a machine to do that for
you? In the Autonomous Library Inventory System
(ALIS) project, we are attempting to do just that.
The main objective in this project is to produce a
semi-autonomous platform capable of book
recognition, that could be sent through the aisles
of libraries or bookstores to perform inventory.
Through the use of image thresholding techniques,
blob analysis, pattern recognition, and optical
character verification, we are trying to give our
robot the ability to read.