O-HAZE: A Dehazing Benchmark With Real Hazy and Haze-Free Outdoor Images

Codruta O. Ancuti, Cosmin Ancuti, Radu Timofte, Christophe De Vleeschouwer; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops, 2018, pp. 754-762

Abstract


Haze removal or dehazing is a challenging ill-posed problem that has drawn a significant attention in the last few years. Despite this growing interest, the scientific community is still lacking a reference dataset to evaluate objectively and quantitatively the performance of proposed dehazing methods. The few datasets that are currently considered, both for assessment and training of learning-based dehazing techniques, exclusively rely on synthetic hazy images. To address this limitation, we introduce the first outdoor scenes database (named O-HAZE) composed of pairs of real hazy and corresponding haze-free images. In practice, hazy images have been captured in presence of real haze, generated by professional haze machines, and OHAZE contains 45 different outdoor scenes depicting the same visual content recorded in haze-free and hazy conditions, under the same illumination parameters. To illustrate its usefulness, O-HAZE is used to compare a representative set of state-of-the-art dehazing techniques, using traditional image quality metrics such as PSNR, SSIM and CIEDE2000. This reveals the limitations of current techniques, and questions some of their underlying assumptions.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Ancuti_2018_CVPR_Workshops,
author = {Ancuti, Codruta O. and Ancuti, Cosmin and Timofte, Radu and De Vleeschouwer, Christophe},
title = {O-HAZE: A Dehazing Benchmark With Real Hazy and Haze-Free Outdoor Images},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops},
month = {June},
year = {2018}
}