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Chaudhury, Kunal N and Rithwik, Kollipara (2015) IMAGE DENOISING USING OPTIMALLY WEIGHTED BILATERAL FILTERS: A SURE AND FAST APPROACH. In: IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), SEP 27-30, 2015, Quebec City, CANADA, pp. 108-112.

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The bilateral filter is known to be quite effective in denoising images corrupted with small dosages of additive Gaussian noise. The denoising performance of the filter, however, is known to degrade quickly with the increase in noise level. Several adaptations of the filter have been proposed in the literature to address this shortcoming, but often at a substantial computational overhead. In this paper, we report a simple pre-processing step that can substantially improve the denoising performance of the bilateral filter, at almost no additional cost. The modified filter is designed to be robust at large noise levels, and often tends to perform poorly below a certain noise threshold. To get the best of the original and the modified filter, we propose to combine them in a weighted fashion, where the weights are chosen to minimize (a surrogate of) the oracle mean-squared-error (MSE). The optimally-weighted filter is thus guaranteed to perform better than either of the component filters in terms of the MSE, at all noise levels. We also provide a fast algorithm for the weighted filtering. Visual and quantitative denoising results on standard test images are reported which demonstrate that the improvement over the original filter is significant both visually and in terms of PSNR. Moreover, the denoising performance of the optimally-weighted bilateral filter is competitive with the computation-intensive non-local means filter.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Series.: IEEE International Conference on Image Processing ICIP
Publisher: IEEE
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the IEEE, 345 E 47TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA
Keywords: Image denoising; bilateral filter; unbiased risk estimator; fast algorithm
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 05:30
Last Modified: 17 May 2016 05:36
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/53842

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