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HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE MAP ESTIMATION VIA FULLY CONNECTED RANDOM FIELDS WITH STOCHASTIC CLIQUES

TitleHIGH DYNAMIC RANGE MAP ESTIMATION VIA FULLY CONNECTED RANDOM FIELDS WITH STOCHASTIC CLIQUES
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLi, F., M. J. Shafiee, A. Chung, B. Chwyl, F. Kazemzadeh, A. Wong, and J. S. Zelek
Conference NameInternational Conference on Image Processing
KeywordsConditional Random Fields, HDR Reconstruction, High Dynamic Range Imaging, Image Denoising, SFCRF
Abstract

The reconstruction of high dynamic range (HDR) images via conventional camera systems and low dynamic range (LDR) images is a growing field of research in image acquisition. The radiance map associated with the HDR image of a scene is typically computed using multiple images of the same scene captured at different exposures (i.e., bracketed LDR images). This approach, though inexpensive, is sensitive to noise under high camera ISO. Each bracketed image is associated with a different level of noise due to the change in exposure time, and the noise is further amplified when tone-mapping the HDR image for display. A new framework is proposed to address the associated noise in the context of random fields. The estimation of the HDR image from a set of LDR images is formulated as a stochastically fully connected conditional random field where the spatial information is incorporated to compute the HDR value in combination with the LDR image values. Experimental results show that the proposed framework compensated the non-stationary ISO noise while preserving

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