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Haze is one of the major factors that degrade outdoor images. Removing haze from a single image is known to be severely ill-posed, and assumptions made in previous methods do not hold in many situations. In this paper, we systematically investigate different haze-relevant features in a learning framework to identify the best feature combination for image(More)
In this paper, we are concerned with image downsampling using subpixel techniques to achieve superior sharpness for small liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Such a problem exists when a high-resolution image or video is to be displayed on low-resolution display terminals. Limited by the low-resolution display, we have to shrink the image. Signal-processing(More)
Natural image matting refers to the problem of extracting regions of interest such as foreground object from an image based on user inputs like scribbles or trimap. More specifically, we need to estimate the color information of background, foreground and the corresponding opacity, which is an ill-posed problem inherently. Inspired by closed-formmatting and(More)
In this paper we propose a novel salient object detection algorithm based on segments, named SODS (Salient Object Detection based on Segments). We first segment an input image, and then extract a set of features including multi-scale contrast, center-surround histogram, and color spatial distribution based on segments to describe a salient object locally,(More)
In this paper we propose a simple yet effective image interpolation algorithm based on autoregressive model. Unlike existing algorithms which rely on low resolution pixels to estimate interpolation coefficients, we optimize the interpolation coefficients and high resolution pixel values jointly from one optimization problem. Although the two sets of(More)
Visual sensing, such as vision based localization, navigation, tracking, are crucial for intelligent robots, which have shown great advantage in many robotic applications. However, the market is still in lack of a powerful visual sensing platform to deal with most of the visual processing tasks. In this paper we introduce a powerful and efficient platform,(More)
In this paper, we address the problem of image bit-depth expansion and present a novel method to generate high bit-depth (HBD) images from a single low bit-depth (LBD) image. We expand image bit-depth by reconstructing the least significant bits (LSBs) for the LBD image after it is rescaled to high bitdepth. For image regions whose intensities are neither(More)
We address the problem of image de-quantization, which is also known as bit-depth expansion if the reconstructed 2D signal is re-quantized into higher bit-precision. In this paper, a novel image de-quantization method based on convex optimization theory is proposed, which exploits the spatially varying characteristics of image surface. We test our method on(More)
Least square regression has been widely used in image interpolation. Some existing regression-based interpolation methods used ordinary least squares (OLS) to formulate cost functions. These methods usually have difficulties at object boundaries because OLS is sensitive to outliers. Weighted least squares (WLS) is then adopted to solve the outlier problem.(More)
Subpixel-based down-sampling is a method that can potentially improve apparent resolution of a down-scaled image on LCD by controlling individual subpixels rather than pixels. However, the increased luminance resolution comes at price of chrominance distortion. A major challenge is to suppress color fringing artifacts while maintaining sharpness. We propose(More)