Varicolored Image De-Hazing

Akshay Dudhane, Kuldeep M. Biradar, Prashant W. Patil, Praful Hambarde, Subrahmanyam Murala; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2020, pp. 4564-4573


The quality of images captured in bad weather is often affected by chromatic casts and low visibility due to the presence of atmospheric particles. Restoration of the color balance is often ignored in most of the existing image de-hazing methods. In this paper, we propose a varicolored end-to-end image de-hazing network which restores the color balance in a given varicolored hazy image and recovers the haze-free image. The proposed network comprises of 1) Haze color correction (HCC) module and 2) Visibility improvement (VI) module. The proposed HCC module provides required attention to each color channel and generates a color balanced hazy image. While the proposed VI module processes the color balanced hazy image through novel inception attention block to recover the haze-free image. We also propose a novel approach to generate a large-scale varicolored synthetic hazy image database. An ablation study has been carried out to demonstrate the effect of different factors on the performance of the proposed network for image de-hazing. Three benchmark synthetic datasets have been used for quantitative analysis of the proposed network. Visual results on a set of real-world hazy images captured in different weather conditions demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach for varicolored image de-hazing.

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author = {Dudhane, Akshay and Biradar, Kuldeep M. and Patil, Prashant W. and Hambarde, Praful and Murala, Subrahmanyam},
title = {Varicolored Image De-Hazing},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2020}