The 23rd IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP)
Codruta Orniana Ancuti
Cosmin Ancuti
Christophe De Vleeschouwer
Alan C. Bovik
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author = {Cosmin Ancuti, Codruta O. Ancuti, Christophe De Vleeschouwer and Alan C. Bovik },
booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) },
series = {ICIP'16},
year = {2016},
location = {Pheonix, USA},
pages = {},
publisher = {},
address = {},


We introduce an effective technique to enhance night-time hazy scenes. Our technique builds on multi-scale fusion approach that uses several inputs derived from the original image. Inspired by the dark-channel we estimate night-time haze computing the airlight component on image patch and not on the entire image. We do this since under night-time conditions, the lighting generally arises from multiple artificial sources, and is thus intrinsically non-uniform. Selecting the size of the patches is non-trivial, since small patches are desirable to achieve fine spatial adaptation to the atmospheric light, this might also induce poor light estimates and reduced chance of capturing hazy pixels. For this reason, we deploy multiple patch sizes, each generating one input to a multiscale fusion process. Moreover, to reduce the glowing effect and emphasize the finest details, we derive a third input. For each input, a set of weight maps are derived so as to assign higher weights to regions of high contrast, high saliency and small saturation. Finally the derived inputs and the normalized weight maps are blended in a multi-scale fashion using a Laplacian pyramid decomposition. The experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach compared with recent techniques both in terms of computational efficiency and quality of the outputs.
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