Misalignment-Robust Joint Filter for Cross-Modal Image Pairs

Takashi Shibata, Masayuki Tanaka, Masatoshi Okutomi; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 3295-3304

Abstract


Although several powerful joint filters for cross-modal image pairs have been proposed, the existing joint filters generate severe artifacts when there are misalignments between a target and a guidance images. Our goal is to generate an artifact-free output image even from the misaligned target and guidance images. We propose a novel misalignment-robust joint filter based on weight-volume-based image composition and joint-filter cost volume. Our proposed method first generates a set of translated guidances. Next, the joint-filter cost volume and a set of filtered images are computed from the target image and the set of the translated guidances. Then, a weight volume is obtained from the joint-filter cost volume while considering a spatial smoothness and a label-sparseness. The final output image is composed by fusing the set of the filtered images with the weight volume for the filtered images. The key is to generate the final output image directly from the set of the filtered images by weighted averaging using the weight volume that is obtained from the joint-filter cost volume. The proposed framework is widely applicable and can involve any kind of joint filter. Experimental results show that the proposed method is effective for various applications including image denosing, image up-sampling, haze removal and depth map interpolation.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Shibata_2017_ICCV,
author = {Shibata, Takashi and Tanaka, Masayuki and Okutomi, Masatoshi},
title = {Misalignment-Robust Joint Filter for Cross-Modal Image Pairs},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}
}