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Pacific Conference on Computer Graphics and Applications (2010)
Hangzhou, Zhejiang China
Sept. 25, 2010 to Sept. 27, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4205-8
pp: 62-69
Outdoor photography and computer vision tasks often suffer from bad weather conditions, observed objects lose visibility and contrast due to the presence of atmospheric haze, fog, and smoke. In this paper, we propose a new method for real-time image and video dehazing. Based on a newly presented haze-free image prior - dark channel prior and a common haze imaging model, for a single input image, we can estimate the global atmospheric light and extract the scene objects transmission. To prevent artifacts, we refine the transmission using a cross-bilateral filter, and finally the haze-free frame can be restored by inversing the haze imaging model. The whole process is highly parallelized, and can be easily implemented on modern GPUs to achieve real-time performance. Comparing with existing methods, our approach provides similar or better results with much less processing time. The proposed method can be further used for many applications such as outdoor surveillance, remote sensing, and intelligent vehicles. In addition, rough depth information of the scene can be obtained as a by-product.
dehaze, dark channel prior, bilateral filter, GPU

W. Chen, X. Lv and I. Shen, "Real-Time Dehazing for Image and Video," Pacific Conference on Computer Graphics and Applications(PACIFIC GRAPHICS), Hangzhou, Zhejiang China, 2010, pp. 62-69.
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