Friday, September 10, 2010

Real-time O(1) Bilateral Filtering

This paper comes from CVRP09

Real-time O(1) Bilateral Filtering
We propose a new bilateral filtering algorithm with computational complexity invariant to filter kernel size, so calledO(1) or constant time in the literature. By showing that a bilateral filter can be decomposed into a number of constant time spatial filters, our method yields a new class of constant time bilateral filters that can have arbitrary spatial1 and arbitrary range kernels. In contrast, the current available constant time algorithm requires the use of specific spatial or specific range kernels. Also, our algorithml ends itself to a parallel implementation leading to the first real-time O(1) algorithm that we know of. Meanwhile, our algorithm yields higher quality results since we are effectively quantizing the range function instead of quantizing both the range function and the input image. Empirical experiments show that our algorithm not only gives higher PSNR, but is about 10× faster than the state-of-the-art. It also has a small memory footprint, needed only 2% of the memory required by the state-of-the-art for obtaining thes ame quality as exact using 8-bit images. We also show that our algorithm can be easily extended for O(1) median filtering. Our bilateral filtering algorithm was tested in a number of applications, including HD video conferencing,video abstraction, highlight removal, and multi-focus imaging.

Qingxiong Yang, Kar-Han Tan and Narendra Ahuja, Real-time O(1) Bilateral Filtering, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2009. [PDF [Poster | Video Demo1, Video Demo2 | Code (cpu) (at submission) (updated) (updated, with spatial quantization) | ]

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