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Symmetry 2018, 10(10), 491; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym10100491

Deep Refinement Network for Natural Low-Light Image Enhancement in Symmetric Pathways

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Science and Technology on Information Systems Engineering Laboratory, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China
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Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York, NY 10012, USA
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School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 29 September 2018 / Accepted: 11 October 2018 / Published: 12 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information Technology and Its Applications 2018)
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Abstract

Due to the cost limitation of camera sensors, images captured in low-light environments often suffer from low contrast and multiple types of noise. A number of algorithms have been proposed to improve contrast and suppress noise in the input low-light images. In this paper, a deep refinement network, LL-RefineNet, is built to learn from the synthetical dark and noisy training images, and perform image enhancement for natural low-light images in symmetric—forward and backward—pathways. The proposed network utilizes all the useful information from the down-sampling path to produce the high-resolution enhancement result, where global features captured from deeper layers are gradually refined using local features generated by earlier convolutions. We further design the training loss for mixed noise reduction. The experimental results show that the proposed LL-RefineNet outperforms the comparative methods both qualitatively and quantitatively with fast processing speed on both synthetic and natural low-light image datasets. View Full-Text
Keywords: low-light image; image enhancement; deep refinement network low-light image; image enhancement; deep refinement network
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Jiang, L.; Jing, Y.; Hu, S.; Ge, B.; Xiao, W. Deep Refinement Network for Natural Low-Light Image Enhancement in Symmetric Pathways. Symmetry 2018, 10, 491.

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