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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.

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