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Fully-Automatic Reflection Removal for 360-Degree Images
Reflection removal (RR) is a technique to reconstruct the transmitted scene behind the glass from a mixed image taken through glass. In 360-degree images, the mixed image region and the reference image region capturing the reflected scene exist together, and the mixed image is often restored by using the information of reference image. In this paper, we first propose a fully-automatic end-to-end RR framework for 360-degree images which automatically detects the mixed and reference image regions and removes the reflection artifacts in the mixed image by using the reference information simultaneously. We devise a transformer based U-Net architecture with horizontal windowing scheme to capture the long-range dependencies between the mixed and reference images via the self-attention mechanism and suppress the reflection artifacts by using the reference information. We also construct a training dataset of 360-degree images by synthesizing realistic reflection artifacts considering diverse geometric relation and photometric variation between the mixed and reference images. The experimental results show that the proposed method detects the mixed and reference image regions reliably without user-annotation and achieves better performance of RR compared with the state-of-the-art methods.