12. depth and image restoration from light field in a scattering medium

Department: Computer Science & Engineering
Research Institute Affiliation: Agile Center for Visual Computing
Faculty Advisor(s): David Kriegman | Ravi Ramamoorthi

Primary Student
Name: Zachary Paul Murez
Email: zmurez@ucsd.edu
Phone: 310-913-1490
Grad Year: 2018

Abstract
Traditional imaging methods and computer vision algorithms are often ineffective when images are acquired in scattering media, such as underwater, fog, and biological tissue. Here, we explore the use of light field imaging and algorithms for image restoration and depth estimation that address the image degradation from the medium. Towards this end, we make the following three contributions. First, we present a new single image restoration algorithm which removes backscatter and attenuation from images better than existing methods, and apply it to each view in the light field. Second, we combine a novel transmission based depth cue with existing correspondence and defocus cues to improve light field depth estimation. In densely scattering media, our transmission depth cue is critical for depth estimation since the images have low signal to noise ratios which significantly degrades the performance of the correspondence and defocus cues. Finally, we propose shearing and refocusing multiple views of the light field to recover a single image of higher quality than what is possible from a single view. We demonstrate the benefits of our method through extensive experimental results in a water tank.

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