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1. chinaXiv:202103.00068 [pdf]


Subjects: Computer Science >> Computer Software

This paper proposes a self-supervised low light image enhancement method based on deep learning, which can improve the image contrast and reduce noise at the same time to avoid the blur caused by pre-/post-denoising. The method contains two deep sub-networks, an Image Contrast Enhancement Network (ICE-Net) and a Re-Enhancement and Denoising Network (RED-Net). The ICE-Net takes the low light image as input and produces a contrast enhanced image. The RED-Net takes the result of ICE-Net and the low light image as input, and can re-enhance the low light image and denoise at the same time. Both of the networks can be trained with low light images only, which is achieved by a Maximum Entropy based Retinex (ME-Retinex) model and an assumption that noises are independently distributed. In the ME-Retinex model, a new constraint on the reflectance image is introduced that the maximum channel of the reflectance image conforms to the maximum channel of the low light image and its entropy should be the largest, which converts the decomposition of reflectance and illumination in Retinex model to a non-ill-conditioned problem and allows the ICE-Net to be trained with a self-supervised way. The loss functions of RED-Net are carefully formulated to separate the noises and details during training, and they are based on the idea that, if noises are independently distributed, after the processing of smoothing filters (\eg mean filter), the gradient of the noise part should be smaller than the gradient of the detail part. It can be proved qualitatively and quantitatively through experiments that the proposed method is efficient.

submitted time 2021-03-01 Hits5360Downloads557 Comment 0

2. chinaXiv:202008.00091 [pdf]

Better Than Reference In Low Light Image Enhancement Conditional Re-Enhancement Networks

张雨; 遆晓光; 张斌; 季锐航; 王春晖
Subjects: Computer Science >> Computer Application Technology

Low light images suffer from severe noise, low brightness, low contrast, etc. In previous researches, many image enhancement methods have been proposed, but few methods can deal with these problems simultaneously. In this paper, to solve these problems simultaneously, we propose a low light image enhancement method that can combined with supervised learning and previous HSV (Hue, Saturation, Value) or Retinex model based image enhancement methods. First, we analyse the relationship between the HSV color space and the Retinex theory, and show that the V channel (V channel in HSV color space, equals the maximum channel in RGB color space) of the enhanced image can well represent the contrast and brightness enhancement process. Then, a data-driven conditional re-enhancement network (denoted as CRENet) is proposed. The network takes low light images as input and the enhanced V channel as condition, then it can re-enhance the contrast and brightness of the low light image and at the same time reduce noise and color distortion. It should be noted that during the training process, any paired images with different exposure time can be used for training, and there is no need to carefully select the supervised images which will save a lot. In addition, it takes less than 20 ms to process a color image with the resolution 400*600 on a 2080Ti GPU. Finally, some comparative experiments are implemented to prove the effectiveness of the method. The results show that the method proposed in this paper can significantly improve the quality of the enhanced image, and by combining with other image contrast enhancement methods, the final enhancement result can even be better than the reference image in contrast and brightness. (Code will be available at

submitted time 2020-08-26 Hits10821Downloads968 Comment 0

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