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382260000 Image filter 396
382275000 Artifact removal or suppression (e.g., distortion correction) 202
382274000 Intensity, brightness, contrast, or shading correction 169
382266000 Edge or contour enhancement 134
382255000 Focus measuring or adjusting (e.g., deblurring) 113
382256000 Object boundary expansion or contraction 26
382270000 Variable threshold, gain, or slice level 8
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20080260281Color content detection - Embodiments including detection of color content in an image are disclosed.10-23-2008
20080260280Image Processing Method and Related Apparatus for a Display Device - An image processing method for a display device, for enhancing image quality, includes receiving video signals, sequentially generating a plurality of image data according to the video signals, and sequentially displaying the plurality of image data on a panel of the display device. Each of the plurality of image data includes a frame data and a low-gray-level frame data respectively corresponding to a frame output duration and a vertical blanking duration in a timing sequence of the video signals.10-23-2008
20080260279SUPER-RESOLUTION IMAGE PROCESSING - A method for iterative derivation of a master image from sampled images of non-identical, at least partially overlapping, regions of a scene. The method includes defining a transformation operator mapping positions within the master image to corresponding positions in the sampled image; a distortion operator simulating a modulation transfer function associated with an imaging sensor from which the sampled image was generated; and a sampling operator for reducing an image from the output resolution to the resolution of the sampled image. For each sampled image the transformation operator, distortion operator and sampling operator are applied to a current master image hypothesis to generate a predicted image A difference image is calculated which has pixel values corresponding to the difference in corresponding pixel values between the sampled image and the predicted image. A back-projection of each of the difference images is performed to generate a correction image for the current master image hypothesis. Finally, the correction images are employed to perform a correction to the current master image hypothesis to generate a new master image hypothesis. The correction to the current master image hypothesis includes combining the correction images by deriving a weighted average of values of corresponding pixels in the correction images. The weight of each pixel in each correction image is calculated as a function of a distance as measured in the sampled image between: a point in the sampled image to which the pixel in the correction image is mapped by the transformation operator, and at least one pixel centroid proximal to that point.10-23-2008
20110194785Image Processing Apparatus, Method, And Computer Program - An overlap determining unit determines whether or not a stamp character string is readable using image data of a stamp image and image data of a scan image read by a scanner unit when the stamp image and the scan image area overlapped. A stamp image generating unit generates a correction stamp image obtained by correcting the stamp image to improve readability of the stamp characters when it is determined that the stamp characters are not readable. A synthesis image generating unit generates a synthesis image in which the correction stamp image and the scan image are overlapped. A printer unit forms the synthesis image on a printing medium.08-11-2011
20130034310IMAGE PROCESSING CIRCUIT AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing circuit and an image processing method are disclosed. The image processing circuit comprises a block matching unit, a multiplexer, an arbiter, and a motion compensation circuit. The block matching unit calculates an alternating current (AC) sum of absolute difference (SAD) and a direct current (DC) sum of absolute difference (SAD) according to a current block in a current image and a reference block in a reference image. The arbiter controls the multiplexer selectively to output the AC SAD or the DC SAD according to an arbitration rule related to a scene characteristic of the current image. The motion compensation circuit executes motion compensation according to the AC SAD or the DC SAD outputted by the multiplexer.02-07-2013
20130044962METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RECONSTRUCTING IMAGE HAVING HIGH RESOLUTION - A method and system for reconstructing an image displayed on an electronic device connected to a network, to be a high resolution image. The method of reconstructing a selected area of the image displayed on the electronic device connected to a network, to be a high resolution image, includes: receiving a request to expand the selected area; collecting images including the selected area from the Internet; correcting the selected area to have a high resolution while expanding the selected area based on the collected images; and displaying the image expanded to have a high resolution on the electronic device.02-21-2013
20090245676CONTOUR ENHANCMENT UNIT AND METHOD TO ENHANCE THE CONTOURS OF AN IMAGE - An image enhancement unit and method for enhancing the image quality of a video stream is presented. The image enhancement unit combines a contour enhancement unit, a luminance contrast stretching unit, a color transient improvement unit, and a color saturation control unit to enhance both the luminance and chrominance values in the video stream. Specifically, the contour enhancement unit processes the luminance values to improve the contours of the images in the video steam. The luminance contrast stretching unit further improves the luminance by enhancing the contrast in the images. The color transient improvement unit processes the chrominance values to remove blurring around along the edges of color transitions and the color saturation control unit increases the color saturation to improve the appearance of the images.10-01-2009
20090324117IMAGE DENOISING TECHNIQUES - Image denoising techniques include determining wavelet-domain noise model and a non-parametric multivariate wavelet description from the image signal for raw image data. A noise corrected image may then be determined from the image signal, the wavelet-domain noise model and the non-parametric, multivariate wavelet description and the image signal.12-31-2009
20090304300DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - A display control apparatus including a first image data input unit to which first image data is input, a second image data input unit to which second image data is input, a user operation reception unit that receives a user operation, an image quality correction unit that performs image quality correction processing of input first image data in response to the user operation and generates and outputs image data for display of the first image data or of corrected first image data, an image quality adjustment unit that performs image quality adjustment processing of the image data output from the image quality correction unit and the second image data using preset parameters, and a control unit that controls the image quality adjustment unit to disable/enable the image quality adjustment processing with the image quality correction unit in on/off state, respectively.12-10-2009
20090304299Image Processing Device, Image Processing Method and Image Processing Program - The resolution of an image of an object is increased. The illumination equation parameters of the object are estimated, and a resolution-increasing process is performed on the estimated illumination equation parameters. Then, the resolution-increased illumination equation parameters are synthesized together to produce a high-resolution image. If there is a pixel for which the estimation precision of the estimated illumination equation parameters does not satisfy a predetermined precision, the illumination equation parameters are estimated again while feeding back the resolution-increased illumination equation parameters.12-10-2009
20130071040High-Quality Upscaling of an Image Sequence - A method, system, and computer-readable storage medium are disclosed for upscaling an image sequence. An upsampled frame is generated based on an original frame in an original image sequence comprising a plurality of frames. A smoothed image sequence is generated based on the original image sequence. A plurality of patches are determined in the upsampled frame. Each patch comprises a subset of image data in the upsampled frame. Locations of a plurality of corresponding patches are determined in a neighboring set of the plurality of frames in the smoothed image sequence. A plurality of high-frequency patches are generated. Each high-frequency patch is based on image data at the locations of the corresponding patches in the original image sequence. The plurality of high-frequency patches are added to the upsampled frame to generate a high-quality upscaled frame.03-21-2013
20090268977METHOD FOR IMPROVING IMAGE QUALITY AND DISPLAY APPARATUS - A method of improving image quality and the display apparatus thereof are provided. The method includes generating a plurality of sub-frame images using a frame image depending on whether the frame image is a moving image or a still image and displaying the plurality of sub-frame images sequentially for a frame time interval of the frame image. By generating the plurality of sub-frame image which have different pixel values each other and displaying the plurality of sub-frame image sequentially, the sticking phenomenon may be prevented and a life time of the display apparatus may be extended.10-29-2009
20120224781METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GENERATING ENHANCED IMAGES USING EULER'S ELASTICA MODEL - A process is proposed for using a degraded first image to generate a visually pleasing second image, which is a stationary point of an Euler's Elastica energy. The Euler's Elastica problem is converted into a well-designed constrained minimization which an Augmented Lagrangian method can be applied. The invention has applications to variational image denoising, repairing image inpainting, and image zooming. Certain embodiments of the invention have been found to be fast to converge and simple to implement.09-06-2012
20130064467METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENHANCING AN IMAGE - There are provided a method for computerized generation of an enhanced image based on a plurality of acquired images (e.g. SAR images) and system thereof. The method comprises: (a) receiving a plurality of acquired images, each comprising a common area of interest; (b) receiving processing parameters; (c) grouping said plurality of acquired images into one or more groups; (d) processing the images within said one or more groups, wherein said processing comprises: i) for each given pixel within the common area of interest, calculating a likelihood of discrepancy between respective pixels of the images of said one or more groups, thus giving rise to likelihood of discrepancy values characterizing said given pixel; ii) generating a “likelihood of discrepancy matrix” comprising the likelihood of discrepancy values and characterizing the likelihood of discrepancy for each pixel within the common area of interest; iii) for each of said one or more groups, generating an enhanced image while utilizing said likelihood of discrepancy matrix.03-14-2013
20090034860IMAGE-DRAWING METHOD, IMAGE-DRAWING DEVICE, IMAGE-DRAWING SYSTEM, AND CORRECTION METHOD - A correction method for an image-drawing device which carries out alignment on an object on the basis of reference position data acquired by reading a position reference mark or pattern provided at the object, and which carries out image-drawing on the object in accordance with image data while moving the object in a scanning direction is provided. The correction method carries out correction of an image-drawing position with respect to deformation of the object before correction of an image-drawing position with respect to a position of the object. In this way, a processing ability of the image-drawing device can be improved.02-05-2009
20090232409AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF A PHOTO GUIDE - An apparatus, method and an image quality guide document are disclosed. The method includes, for at least one image in a set of images undergoing image enhancement, identifying image quality-related features for the image based on enhancements being applied to the image, identifying image content-related features based on content of the image, determining a content-based degradation of the image based on the identified image quality-related features and image content-related features, and generating a thumbnail of the image. The method further includes generating an image quality guide document for the set of images in which at least one of the thumbnails is associated with a respective text description that is based on the determined content-based degradation.09-17-2009
20120114262IMAGE CORRECTION METHOD AND RELATED IMAGE CORRECTION SYSTEM THEREOF - The present invention provides an image correction method and a related image correction system which can correct images captured via a fisheye lens or a ultra-wide angle lens camera so as to alleviate geometrical distortion in the images, and geometrically adjust the images according to user's requirements. Wherein, the present invention further enhances the processing performance of image correction computation by a memory allocation technique.05-10-2012
20110142361ROLLBACK IN A BROWSER - Methods, apparatus, computer program products and systems are provided for editing an image. One method includes editing, by a processor, an image including maintaining a list of transformations applied to the image including a last transformation; receiving a selection from a user to rollback a transformation, the selection not including the last transformation, where receiving a selection includes receiving a selection from the list of transformations that include plural selections that are not contiguous in an order in which the transformations were applied; generating, by the processor, a unique identifier associated with the edited image without the selection, the unique identifier including data identifying the image and all transformations to be applied to the image; and after receiving a request for an edited image, the request including the unique identifier, transmitting the edited image to a requesting device.06-16-2011
20100014767AUTO-FIT ENHANCEMENTS TO SUPPORT DOCUMENTS WITH ENGINEERING FOLDS - A document is produced in response to a request. The request specifies a series of document components that form the document when properly combined. At least one of the document components does not have an acceptable size. An acceptable size is a size matching available print media and compatibility with the sizes of the other document components. A scaling module adjusts any unacceptably sized document components to having acceptable sizes. The document is then produced by a rendering device.01-21-2010
20100329581IMAGE SHARPENING PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD, AND SOFTWARE - Provided is an image sharpening processing device capable of performing image sharpening processing by changing only luminance without changing a hue. The image sharpening processing device includes: a smoothing means for smoothing luminance of an input image and thus obtaining a smoothed image; a subtraction means for subtracting the smoothed image from the luminance of the input image and thus obtaining a difference image; a luminance-linked gain calculation means for calculating a luminance-linked gain from the input image; a first multiplication means for multiplying the difference image by the luminance-linked gain and thus obtaining a multiplication result; an addition means for adding the multiplication result to the luminance of the input image and thus obtaining luminance of an output image; a color difference gain calculation means for calculating a color difference gain from a color difference of the input image and the luminance-linked gain; and a second multiplication means for multiplying the color difference of the input image by the color difference gain and thus obtaining a color difference of the output image.12-30-2010
20110280493VISUAL ENHANCEMENT OF A DATA RECORD - A method, system and computer product are provided for visual enhancement of a data record. The method includes selecting a data record including a data field and providing one or more reference data records including the same data field as the selected data record. The method further includes: analysing the data field of the selected data record with reference to the same data field in one or more reference data records according to a defined criterion; determining an annotation of the data field of the selected data record; and applying a visual enhancement corresponding to the annotation to the data field of the selected data record. No additional text data is added to the selected data record.11-17-2011
20090028455HIGH-SPEED HIGH-ACCURACY MATRIX SINGULAR VALUE DECOMPOSITION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND DEVICE - A singular value decomposition method according to the present invention is a method for performing a singular value decomposition on an arbitrary matrix A using a computer, the method including the steps of: performing an upper bidiagonalization on the matrix A so as to obtain an upper bidiagonal matrix B of the matrix A; obtaining at least one singular value σ of the matrix B as singular values of the matrix A; and obtaining a singular vector of the matrix A for the σ. The step of obtaining a singular vector of the matrix A includes a step of performing a Twisted decomposition on a matrix B01-29-2009
20090208127SPATIAL SCAN REPLICATION CIRCUIT - In an image replication circuit, the improvement of replicating a given element at a certain location with the most similar of surrounding sets of image elements.08-20-2009
20090202166SCANNING MICROSCOPE - A method which, while displacing the field-of-view, allows the image in a target area to be acquired without degradations such as out-of-focus of the image. Plural pieces of images are acquired before and after a target area while displacing the field-of-view. Next, these images are grouped into groups each of which includes several pieces of images, and integrated images on each group basis are created. Moreover, a relational expression is calculated which holds between image displacement quantity calculated by comparing the integrated images with each other and the number of the photographed pieces of images. Furthermore, image displacement quantities between the acquired plural pieces of images are calculated from this relational expression. Finally, these images are corrected by the amounts of these displacement quantities, then being integrated. This process allows reconfiguration of the image in the target area.08-13-2009
20090290806Method and apparatus for the restoration of degraded multi-channel images - An imager and method for operating the imager. The imager comprises a pixel array for producing an image signal and an image processor configured to restore images degraded by inter-channel degradations and intra-channel degradations in all channels of the image simultaneously by diagonalizing an image degradation matrix and componentizing the diagonalized image degradation matrix and multi-channel image.11-26-2009
20090196520SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AN IMAGE ENHANCED PRODUCT - A system for generating an image enhanced output product and method for operating the same are provided. An image enhanceable product is identified having a tangible surface and a printing map is defined that defines a plurality of window areas in which images are to be printed on the tangible surface. A desired visual impact characteristic is determined based upon the appearance of the image enhanceable product and the printing map and a selection of a plurality of digital images are received. An image processing method is selected method based upon the determined visual impact characteristic and at least one of the digital images is automatically processed in accordance with the selected image processing method. At least some of the digital images, including the automatically processed image, are provided on the tangible surface according to the printing map.08-06-2009
20100034479METHOD FOR SIGNAL CONDITIONING - A method for signal conditioning of signals from a two-dimensional image by calculating the motion of an image in relation to an image plane. Two-dimensional structures in the image are correlated between images separated in time, using Radon transforms for two or more angles in order to reduce the correlation calculations from two-dimensional correlation to correlation of two or more one-dimensional projections. The one-dimensional projections are differentiated to obtain the gradients of the projections as the basis for the correlation of images separated in time and signal conditioning. The magnitude of the gradients of the projections is ignored and the sign value of the gradients is used for a binary representation as the basis for the correlation of images separated in time.02-11-2010
20090285500Bayesian approach for sensor super-resolution - Bayesian super-resolution techniques fuse multiple low resolution images (possibly from multiple bands) to infer a higher resolution image. The super-resolution and fusion concepts are portable to a wide variety of sensors and environmental models. The procedure is model-based inference of super-resolved information. In this approach, both the point spread function of the sub-sampling process and the multi-frame registration parameters are optimized simultaneously in order to infer an optimal estimate of the super-resolved imagery. The procedure involves a significant number of improvements, among them, more accurate likelihood estimates and a more accurate, efficient, and stable optimization procedure.11-19-2009
20100129001METHOD, DEVICE AND PROGRAM FOR MEASURING IMAGE QUALITY ADJUSTING ABILITY, AND METHOD, DEVICE AND PROGRAM FOR ADJUSTING IMAGE QUALITY - An image quality adjustment capability measurement method includes the steps of: using an instructor image serving as a target for the image qualities of an evaluation image and a correlation function between image quality characteristic differences and image quality adjustment capability values, the instructor image and the correlation function being obtained in advance; inputting a corrected image obtained after the image qualities of the evaluation image is adjusted; calculating the image quality characteristic difference between the input corrected image and the instructor image; and calculating the image quality adjustment capability value from the correlation function between the image quality characteristic differences and the image quality adjustment capability values, which is obtained in advance, and the calculated image quality characteristic difference.05-27-2010
20090310879METHODS, SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUMS FOR USE IN IMPROVING AN IMAGE - Aspects, methods, systems and/or computer readable mediums are provided for use in improving an image. In one aspect, a method includes: selecting an original image for improvement; generating automatically a plurality of variations of said original image; displaying said original image and said plurality of variations on a display device; and selecting a currently preferred image from said displayed images. In another aspect, a method includes: selecting an original image; generating a plurality of variations of said original image; displaying said original image and said plurality of variations on a display device; selecting a currently preferred image from said displayed images; generating a plurality of variations of said currently preferred image; displaying said currently preferred image and said plurality of variations of said currently preferred image on a display device; and selecting a new currently preferred image from said displayed images.12-17-2009
20090052792Computer-Assisted Image Cropping For Book Scans - Methods and systems for cropping images of book pages are disclosed according to one embodiment of the invention. A method may include identifying reference images and receiving cropping rectangles for the reference images. These cropping rectangles associated with reference images may then be used to generate cropping rectangles for images of book pages between the reference images. The cropping rectangles may be generated based on a linear interpolation of the cropping rectangles associated with the reference images and the number of pages between images. The method may also display one or more images of book pages with the associated one or more cropping rectangles superimposed thereon. A user may then have the opportunity to make adjustments to the position and/or size of the cropping rectangles.02-26-2009
20090052793DIGITAL CONTENT PROCESSING METHODS AND SYSTEMS - Digital content processing methods and systems are provided. First, an image property and a specific value corresponding to the image property are determined according to an image enhancement operation. Then, a specific region is sought within a first digital content, wherein pixels in the specific region have the specific value corresponding to the image property. Specific information is embedded in the specific region of the first digital content to generate a second digital content having the specific information. A digital content playback device performs the image enhancement operation on the second digital content to obtain the specific information.02-26-2009
20100086226POTENTIAL FIELD-BASED GAMUT MAPPING - A method for adjusting a color in a color space comprises adjusting the color along a gradient path to a point in or on a color gamut. The gradient path is determined from a potential field derived from the color gamut consisting of gamut points in the color space. The potential field can be derived from one or more points in the color gamut and different functions may be used to determine the potentials due to different points in the gamut. The potential at a point in the color space due to the gamut point can be a function, including an inverse power, of distance of the point in the color space from the gamut point. The gradient path can be determined from the gradient of the potential field by quadric error-based surface simplification of a surface mesh representing a surface of the gamut.04-08-2010
20130071041High-Quality Denoising of an Image Sequence - A method, system, and computer-readable storage medium are disclosed for denoising an image sequence. A first patch is determined in a first frame in an image sequence comprising a plurality of frames. The first patch comprises a subset of image data in the first frame. Locations of a plurality of corresponding patches are determined in a neighboring set of the plurality of frames. One or more neighboring related patches are determined for each of the plurality of corresponding patches in a same frame as the respective one of the corresponding patches. A denoised first patch is generated by averaging image data in the one or more neighboring related patches in the neighboring set of the plurality of frames.03-21-2013
20090252429SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING RESULTS OF AN IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM THAT HAS MULTIPLE RESULTS TO ALLOW SELECTION FOR SUBSEQUENT IMAGE PROCESSING - Systems and methods for processing an initial digital image that comprises a foreground object and a background are provided in which the initial image is displayed on a display. A plurality of instances of an image segmentation technique are performed to the initial image, where the segmentation technique differentiates between the foreground object and the background in the initial image, thereby creating a plurality of processed images of the initial image. A first instance of the image segmentation technique uses a different parameter set than a second instance of the image segmentation technique. Each respective instance of the image segmentation technique creates a processed image corresponding to the respective instance of the image segmentation technique. Each such processed image is concurrently displayed at a time when the initial image is also displayed. A selection of a processed image in the plurality of processed images is then received for further processing.10-08-2009
20090263039METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING VISUAL QUALITY OF AN IMAGE SIGNAL - The present invention relates to an image processing system where processing modules are used for processing an incoming image-in signal (10-22-2009
20090274384METHODS, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS, APPARATUSES, AND SYSTEMS TO ACCOMMODATE DECISION SUPPORT AND REFERENCE CASE MANAGEMENT FOR DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING - A method, apparatus, and computer program product are provided to accommodate decision support and reference case management for diagnostic imaging. An apparatus may include a processor configured to receive a request for an image from a client device. The processor may be further configured to retrieve a source image corresponding to the requested image from a memory. The processor may additionally be configured to process the source image to generate a second image having a greater resolution than the source image. The processor may also be configured to provide the second image to the client device to facilitate viewing and manipulation of the second image at the client device. Corresponding methods and computer program products are also provided.11-05-2009
20090202167METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE ENHANCEMENT - The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for computing an output image (08-13-2009
20090103826IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image-data reading unit reads image data stored after radiation irradiation is performed from a radiation detector. An offset-data reading unit reads offset data in a case in which no radiation irradiation is performed from the radiation detector. After radiation irradiation is performed, a drive control section drives the image-data reading unit so that the image-data reading unit reads image data. Then, the drive control section drives the offset-data reading unit so that the offset-data reading unit reads offset data before the next irradiation is performed. In a period in which radiation irradiation is not performed, the image data and the offset data that have been read are sent to an image-handling section. The image data and the offset data that have been received by a data sending/receiving unit are subjected to subtraction processes by an image processing unit.04-23-2009
20090041368ENHANCING DIGITAL IMAGES USING SECONDARY OPTICAL SYSTEMS - Apparatuses and methods for enhancing a “primary” large format, digital, macro-image with “secondary” image data are provided. The secondary image data is collected utilizing one or more secondary optical systems having at least one electro-optical detector array (e.g., a CCD array) and a specific set of optical mirrors or optical prisms, arranged in such a way that the secondary optical systems extend the angular field-of-view of the primary optical system and the resultant digital image in at least two opposing directions, for instance, in the left and right and/or fore and aft directions. The primary image data and the secondary image data may be distinct and/or may include portions that overlap with one another. Further, the primary image data and the secondary image data may be collected at the same or different resolutions. The collected primary image data and secondary image data are utilized to generate a single output image.02-12-2009
20090274383SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GLOBAL IMAGE ENHANCEMENT OF DARKENED IMAGE - The subject application is directed to a system and method for global darkness image enhancement. Image data encoded in a multidimensional color space is first acquired. Thereafter, histogram data is calculated according to the acquired image data. A ramp zone associated with the calculated histogram data is then detected. A black level associated with the acquired image data is then selectively stretched in accordance with the detected ramp zone so as to generate enhanced image data. The enhanced image data is then output to an associated data storage or an associated display.11-05-2009
20090003721METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RECONSTRUCTING DIGITIZED IMAGES - Methods and apparatus for reconstructing digitized images are provided that include an image reconstruction path that receives a digitized image and provides a processed RGB or CMYK image that may be printed or stored in memory. The image reconstruction path is configured to operate in either a multiple scan or single scan environment if the source of the digitized image is a scanner. A plurality of optional functional units in the reconstruction path can be controlled by user or internal controls. These functional units perform preliminary color adjustment, automatic deskew, background and dust removal, descreen, text detection and enhancement, color conversion, scaling, and color manipulation.01-01-2009
20080240599Data processing device and method, recording medium, and program - An improvement information generating unit (10-02-2008
20080279469Image Processing Apparatus, Image Processing Method, and Computer Program Product for Image Processing - To improve modification result where areas targeted for modification overlap, an image processing apparatus is provided. The image processing apparatus has a modification area establishing unit capable to establish a plurality of modification areas on a target image by analyzing the target image; an overlap detecting unit that detects overlapping of the plurality of modification areas; and a modification processing unit that modifies an image within a partial area including an overlapping portion of the plurality of modification areas in a reduced modification level in the case that the overlapping is detected by the overlap detecting unit, the reduced modification level being smaller than a modification level used in the case that the overlapping is not detected, the partial area belonging to at least one of the plurality of modification areas.11-13-2008
20080285878IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING CAPTURED IMAGE - A calligraphy/drawing camera image-captures a document and sends a resultant captured image to a personal computer (S11-20-2008
20080285877APPARATUS FOR REMOVING RINGING NOISE AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING NOISE - Provided are an apparatus for removing ringing noise and an apparatus for removing noise. The apparatuses includes a representative value setting block dividing pixel data in one block including a plurality of pixel data into two groups through a K-means algorithm and setting a representative value in each of the groups; a parameter generator block calculating intervals and approaches between all the pixel data in the block and a pair of the representative values; and a correction block correcting an inputted pixel data value using the intervals and the approaches.11-20-2008
20080285876SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCING IMAGES PRODUCED IN IMAGE FORMING DEVICES - An image forming device is provided that facilitates enhanced image on an output image receiving medium based on one or more sensed or user-input characteristics of the output image receiving medium. A very light uniform toner dust layer is distributed over an entire page to be printed (including image and non-image areas), or in intended non-image areas particularly along edges of a lightweight output image receiving medium. A programmable selection of a color or other parameters of toner dusting, from a plurality of choices, is undertaken such that toner presence in non-image areas is not visually perceptible. The system may effectively print over a variety of background colors. An effective and simple user interface provides an option to the user to choose appropriate low perceptibility toner color so that a relatively higher level of the chosen color may be deposited without crossing a perceptibility threshold.11-20-2008
20080292200VISUAL ENHANCEMENT FOR REDUCTION OF VISUAL NOISE IN A TEXT FIELD - The present invention provides for visual enhancement of text. A text area is selected. A plurality of non-identical images of the text area are captured. Background information is removed from these images. The contrast characteristics of text area of the plurality of images are increased. The contrasted images are combined so as to increase their effective resolution. In an alternative embodiment, the text picture is broken up into a plurality of component colors, and these colors are then sharpened and recombined.11-27-2008
20100002949HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGE GENERATION METHOD - The present invention provides a high-resolution image generation method which is capable of generating a high-resolution image from multiple low-resolution images having displacements without using an iterative computation.01-07-2010
20100002948IMAGE ENHANCEMENT - The present invention relates to an image enhancement unit and a method of enhancing a first structure (S01-07-2010
20100002947Spectral Calibration of Image Pairs Using Atmospheric Characterization01-07-2010
20080240598IMAGE PROCESSOR - In an image processor, a reduced image forming unit forms a reduced image by reducing an original image. The reduced image peripheral average value generating unit generates a peripheral average value for each pixel of the reduced image. The reduced image reflectance component calculating unit calculates a reflectance component indicating a ratio of brightness between each pixel and the peripheral pixels thereof for the each pixel in the reduced image. The frequency distribution generating unit generates a frequency distribution of the frequency of each value of reflectance component calculated by the reduced image reflectance component calculating unit. The representative reflectance component determining unit determines a representative reflectance component based on the frequency distribution. The simplified correcting unit performs a simplified correcting operation for correcting the value of the target pixel in the original image by converting the value of the target pixel to an output value based on the representative reflectance component and the value of the target pixel in the original image.10-02-2008
20110007980DOSE REDUCTION AND IMAGE ENHANCEMENT IN TOMOGRAPHY THROUGH THE UTILIZATION OF THE OBJECTS SURROUNDINGS AS DYNAMIC CONSTRAINTS - Image reconstruction methods are described where the characteristics of the surroundings of the patient in the scanner image field are used as supplemental information in the reconstruction process to reduce the dose, reduce scan times, scan number and/or improve the image quality of the reconstructed image.01-13-2011
20080279467Learning image enhancement - Image enhancement techniques are described to enhance an image in accordance with a set of training images. In an implementation, an image color tone map is generated for a facial region included in an image. The image color tone map may be normalized to a color tone map for a set of training images so that the image color tone map matches the map for the training images. The normalized color tone map may be applied to the image to enhance the in-question image. In further implementations, the procedure may be updated when the average color intensity in non-facial regions differs from an accumulated mean by a threshold amount.11-13-2008
20100142841SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING METAVOLUMES - A method is provided for generating a metavolume for reconstructing an image. The method provides for acquiring a plurality of low-resolution images of an imaged volume, the plurality of low-resolution images obtained from one or more imaging planes and merging the plurality of low-resolution images using a statistical operation to generate a metavolume. Systems and computer programs that afford functionality of the type defined by this method may be provided by the present technique.06-10-2010
20090123083IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, LEARNING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing method includes determining whether an image is corrupted, extracting class taps used for classification of a pixel to be generated, performing classification of the pixel to be generated by using the class taps, extracting prediction taps used for prediction of the pixel to be generated, and generating an image by predictively calculating a pixel value of the pixel to be generated by using the prediction taps and prediction coefficients for the class of the pixel among a first prediction coefficient set if the subject pixel is determined as a pixel representing a corrupted image, and by predictively calculating a pixel value of the pixel to be generated by using the prediction taps and prediction coefficients for the class of the pixel to be generated among a second prediction coefficient set if the subject pixel is determined as a pixel representing an uncorrupted image.05-14-2009
20090263038METHOD FOR CREATING PHOTO CUTOUTS AND COLLAGES - A method for automatically producing a new digital image from a first digital image that includes regions of interest, includes obtaining a main subject belief map including an array of belief values indicating the location and relative importance of subject matter in the first digital image; producing a mask for each privileged object in the first digital image, each such mask including margins around its corresponding privileged object; overlaying the mask(s) onto the belief map; and producing a first convex hull that includes the mask(s) with margin(s) and regions of the highest belief values from the belief map.10-22-2009
20090129692IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - When an image processing apparatus capable of connecting to a digital camera is to perform image-correction processing on irreversible-compression encoded image data acquired from the digital camera, it is determined whether the image-correction processing can be executed by the connected digital camera. When the processing can be executed, it is confirmed whether or not RAW data that corresponds to the irreversible-compression encoded image data is present in the digital camera. If the corresponding RAW data is present in the digital camera, the digital camera is requested to execute the image-correction processing based on the RAW data. This makes it possible to suppress degradation in the image quality more than when directly correcting an irreversible-compression encoded image.05-21-2009
20090060364IMAGE PROCESSOR FOR CONVERTING IMAGE BY USING IMAGE RETRIEVED BASED ON KEYWORD - An image processor includes a keyword inputting unit, a first image acquiring unit, a first characteristic quantity determining unit, a second image inputting unit, a second characteristic quantity determining unit and an image correcting unit. The keyword inputting unit inputs a keyword. The first image acquiring unit acquires at least one first image related to the keyword inputted by the keyword inputting unit. The first characteristic quantity determining unit determines first characteristic quantity data expressing a characteristic of at least one of the at least one first image acquired by the first image acquiring unit. The second image inputting unit inputs a second image. The second characteristic quantity determining unit determines second characteristic quantity data expressing a characteristic of the second image inputted by the second image inputting unit. The image correcting unit performs an image correction process on the second image to adjust characteristic of the second image represented by the second characteristic quantity data close to the first characteristic quantity data.03-05-2009
20090080789Projection display and projection display control program - A projection display may include a frame rate conversion section selectively performing a first frame rate conversion process or a second frame rate conversion process, an image process section selectively performing a black insertion process or a pair-frames gamma process, and outputting a result as a pair of consecutive image frames, a projection display section projecting and displaying an image on the basis of the video signal processed by the frame rate conversion section or the image process section, and a control section controlling the frame rate conversion section or the image process section according to a selected operation on a menu screen, where the control section performs the user interface function so that the black insertion process or the pair-frames gamma process by the image process section is selected with priority over the first frame rate conversion process by the frame rate conversion section.03-26-2009
20110229051IMAGE PROCESSING CIRCUIT, INFORMATION REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing circuit (09-22-2011
20090180704Method and system for processing low-illuminance image - Provided are a method and system for processing a low-illuminance image. The system includes an image acquisition unit to acquire two images having different levels of illuminance and sensitivity as first and second images; a motion vector estimation unit to extract a motion vector of the second image based on the first image; an image correction unit to correct the second image using the extracted motion vector; a synthesis coefficient calculation unit to calculate a synthesis coefficient used to synthesize the first image and the corrected second image; and an image synthesis unit to synthesize the first image and the corrected second image using the calculated synthesis coefficient.07-16-2009
20090003720EFFICIENT IMAGE REPRESENTATION BY EDGES AND LOW-RESOLUTION SIGNAL - An exemplary method for encoding an image includes receiving image data, detecting edges in the image data, selecting at least some of the detected edges, encoding the selected edges as selected edge information, down-sampling the image data, encoding the down-sampled image as down-sampled image information and multiplexing the selected edges information and the down-sampled image information. In such a method, the selected edges information and the down-sampled image information can be stored as an encoded image file. Other exemplary methods, devices, systems are also disclosed.01-01-2009
20090245675IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD AND PROGRAM - An information processing device includes: a block level information obtaining unit to detect a block level from the difference in pixel values between each pixel of an image and nearby pixels and to obtain distribution information wherein the block levels are accumulated for each position in a predetermined direction; a short cycle measuring unit to measure short cycle information which is the distribution information for each phase in a plurality of predetermined short cycles corresponding to a plurality of block sizes from the distribution information; and a determining unit to determine the block size corresponding to the short cycle information wherein the phase distribution takes a maximum value, of the short cycle information of the plurality of predetermined short cycles corresponding to the plurality of block sizes, as the block size in the image.10-01-2009
20120195517SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTORTING A CLOCKFACE FOR CAPTCHA VALIDATION - A system and method of generating a challenge/response test to determine if a computer user is human provides the following steps performed for each instance of the challenge/response test: selecting a graphical image representing an analog clock face with an indicated time; storing the indicated time; applying a distortion filter to the graphical image to generate a distorted graphical image; presenting the distorted graphical image to the computer user with a challenge to identify the indicated time; receiving input from the computer user; and comparing the input to the stored indicated time to determine if the computer user is human.08-02-2012
20120141043System and Method for Implementing Algorithmic Correction of Image Distortion Within a Fingerprint Imaging System - A software implemented system and method for algorithmic correction of systematic image distortions within fingerprint imaging systems. The system and method may implement a three dimensional geometric model of a fingerprint imaging system to discover where a configuration prescribed by a conceptual fingerprint imaging system and an actual configuration of a manufactured fingerprint imaging system differ. By describing this difference using the geometric model, images captured by the manufactured fingerprint imaging system can be rectified in operational use to generate rectified images with relatively low amounts of distortion present.06-07-2012
20090116761Method of Motion Correction for Dynamic Volume Alignment Without Timing Restrictions - When performing repetitive scans of a patient using a magnetic resonance imaging machine or the like, patients often tend to move as they relax during a lengthy scanning session, causing movement in the volume or portion of the patient being scanned. A prospective motion correction component (05-07-2009
20110129164FORWARD AND BACKWARD IMAGE RESIZING METHOD - A forward and backward image resizing method is used for resizing a low-resolution image into a high-resolution image. In the method, the low-resolution image is obtained first, and then a forward and backward image resizing process is performed, so as to resize the low-resolution image into the high-resolution image with an integral multiple resolution. The forward and backward image resizing process includes: resizing the low-resolution image by the integral multiple, so as to generate a first-resizing image with the integral multiple resolution; further increasing the resolution of the first-resizing image by 2-fold, so as to generate a second-resizing image; and reducing the resolution of the second-resizing image by 2-fold, thereby obtaining the high-resolution image.06-02-2011
20100177978IMAGE RESTORING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is an image restoring apparatus and a method thereof, which sets a restoration image area to establish a portion of a target image area to be restored as a restoration image area to be restored with priority according to a request for an image restoration; sets a search area to establish an area with a predetermined size including the restoration image area as a search area; detects a similar image area to search for the most similar image area to the restoration image area within the search area; and reconstructs the deteriorated image in a natural manner by copying the image of the detected similar image area and attaching the same to the restoration image area.07-15-2010
20120195518IMAGE COMPENSATION METHOD AND SYSTEM - The present invention is directed to an image compensation method and system. A first frame of a plurality of first pixels is provided. A compensation step is performed on the first pixels to generate a second frame of a plurality of second pixels, wherein any two of the adjacent second pixels have a same distance therebetween. A frame resizing step is performed before and/or after the compensation step.08-02-2012
20080279468Developing Apparatus, Developing Method and Computer Program for Developing Processing for an Undeveloped Image - To facilitate setting of development condition an image developing apparatus is provided. The image developing apparatus performs a development process to first image data generated by a digital camera, each pixel of which lacks a part of color information, the image developing apparatus carries out a first type of development process on the first image data to generate developed image data; and a second type of development process on the first undeveloped image data to generate for-display image data with lower resolution. The first type of development process includes: a first specific process performed on the first image data to generate second image data; and a first interpolation process performed on the second image data, the second type of development process includes: a process to generate third image data through a second interpolation process performed on the first image data and a resolution converting process; and a second specific process performed on the third image data.11-13-2008
20080267521MOTION AND IMAGE QUALITY MONITOR - A method, apparatus and computer program product for monitoring the motion and/or image quality associated with a captured image are provided. Various actions may be taken in response to the detected motion and corresponding image quality associated with a captured image. In particular, the motion and image quality monitor may, for example, only allow captured images to be used in conjunction with an image matching application, such as a mobile visual search application, when the image features of the captured image have stabilized (i.e., little to no motion is detected between consecutive frames of the captured image). The detected changes in motion and/or image quality may further be used for energy saving purposes, for example, by switching on or off various applications and/or components operating on the mobile device depending upon the amount of motion detected and/or the quality of the image captured.10-30-2008
20100296748Generating a modified image with additional content provided for a region thereof - An image is displayed in a computer system. The image includes contents having a feature visible therein. The contents have a region thereof defined to be provided with additional content in generating a modified image. An input is received comprising a semantic mark to be placed on the image. The semantic mark indicates an inside-region part inside the region and an outside-region part outside the region. The additional content for the region is determined using a patch-based optimization algorithm applied to the image. The patch-based optimization algorithm (i) identifies the additional content for the inside-region part based on the outside-region part and not on an area of the image that the semantic mark does not indicate, and (ii) identifies the additional content for a remainder of the region without being restricted to the outside-region part. The modified image having the additional content in the region is stored.11-25-2010
20100303372DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING AND ENHANCING SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH FUNCTION OF REMOVING NOISE - The present invention provides a digital image processing enhancing system and method with denoising function. The collected digital image is input; the obtained digital image is decomposed into an illumination image and a reflection image, and then the decomposed illumination image and the reflection image is processed, at last, the processed illumination image and the reflection image are composed into an output image, which is output to an output device. The present invention can improve the image quality, remove the noises of the image, remain details features of an object and obtain the natural visual effect.12-02-2010
20100303371System and Method For Reducing Dimensionality Of Hyperspectral Images - A method for reducing dimensionality of hyperspectral images may include receiving a hyperspectral image having a plurality of pixels. A basis vector set including a number of members may then be established, wherein each of the members comprises a basis vector. For each of the plurality of pixels, a spectral vector for the pixel may be read and decomposed with the members of the basis vector set to derive a residual vector for the pixel. A basis vector for the pixel may then be added to the members of the basis vector set if the residual vector for the pixel has a magnitude exceeding a predetermined threshold, and the basis vector set may then be optimized to eliminate one of the members of the basis vector set, whereby the optimized basis vector set includes the number of members. A system configured to perform the method may also be provided.12-02-2010
20090067739COLOR PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A color processing apparatus for converting input spectral color data into output color component data corresponding to an output device is provided. A first conversion unit converts the input spectral color data into color component data, and converts the converted color component data into first output color component data corresponding to the output device. A second conversion unit converts the input spectral color data into second output color component data using a calculation unit which calculates spectral color data from output color component data. An evaluation unit evaluates the first output color component data converted by the first conversion unit. A control unit controls to output one of the first and second output color component data in accordance with the evaluation result of the evaluation unit.03-12-2009
20110026847REGION-BASED METHOD FOR ITERATIVE REGULARIZATION IMAGE ENHANCEMENT, AND ASSOCIATED REGION-BASED APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED PROCESSING CIRCUIT - A region-based method for iterative regularization image enhancement, includes: for each region of a plurality of regions of an image, performing at least one gradient calculation of an objective function of a latest representative function of the region and updating the latest representative function according to the gradient calculation; and for the region of the plurality of regions of the image, when at least one predetermined convergence criterion is not satisfied, iteratively updating the latest representative function according to at least one gradient calculation of the same objective function of the latest representative function. In particular, the region-based method further includes: for the region of the plurality of regions of the image, when the predetermined convergence criterion is satisfied, performing postprocessing on the latest representative function of the region to generate an iteratively regularized partial image corresponding to the region. An associated region-based apparatus and processing circuit are further provided.02-03-2011
20110033129RESOLUTION ON DEMAND - A method samples a first spectral band to obtain an initial image frame, determines at least one region of interest of the scene from the initial image frame, each of the at least one region of interest associated with a mean signal level, illuminates the at least one region of interest with at least one illuminator when the mean signal level of the at least one region of interest is at or below a respective threshold of a first plurality of thresholds, the at least one region of interest being illuminated in accordance with a power threshold indicating a minimum illuminator power and agility necessary to illuminate the at least one region of interest, collects at least one image frame in at least one sub-band of a second spectral band, and generates at least one image to be displayed from at least the at least one image frame.02-10-2011
20110044553DEVICE FOR PROCESSING IMAGES - An image processing device comprises a store (02-24-2011
20110044552System and method for enhancement of images in a selected region of interest of a captured image - The subject application is directed to a system and method for image enhancement. Image data is received that contains a rectangular array of pixels encoded in a multidimensional color space. The image data is scaled to a scaled rectangular array having a smaller number of pixels such that both a selected rectangular dimension and a complimentary dimension are scaled to preselected dimension values. Region-of-interest data is received for an isolated region in the image data. A mask matrix, having a rectangular array of elements corresponding to pixels of the scaled rectangular array, is stored. The mask matrix, populated using region-of-interest data, has first and second values associated with each entry, with the first value, but not the second value, corresponding to a region of interest in the scaled rectangular array. Received image data is adjusted according to image data values based on pixel values associated with first value elements.02-24-2011
20100239179Generation of image quality adjustment information and image quality adjustment with image quality adjustment information - A CPU extracts ornamental image data and layout control information from an ornamental image file FF. When the layout control information does not include characteristic values, the CPU analyzes the ornamental image data to acquire characteristic values representing a tendency of image quality of the ornamental image data. The CPU may additionally compute correction rates for correcting values of image quality-relating parameters of objective image data from the acquired characteristic values of the ornamental image data. The CPU writes either the acquired characteristic values or the computed correction rates into the layout control information. The layout control information including the acquired characteristic values or the computed correction rates is output together with the ornamental image data in the form of the ornamental image file FF.09-23-2010
20090324118Computing higher resolution images from multiple lower resolution images - Super-resolution images may be produced by dividing a higher resolution image into a set of non-overlapping rectangular tiles of substantially the same size. Then, each pixel in each lower resolution image is mapped to the higher resolution image and it is determined which tiles are mapped to which lower resolution image pixels. A continuous buffer may be allocated for each tile and the relevant lower resolution pixels may be stored, together with optical flow vectors, in that continuous buffer. Then, the determination of gradients may use the information now stored in the buffer to facilitate symmetric multiprocessing using multi-core processors.12-31-2009
20110103706IMAGE INPAINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD USING RESTRICTED SEARCH REGION - Disclosed is an image inpainting apparatus and method using a restricted search region. The image inpainting apparatus sets a target image region to be inpainted in response to an image inpainting request, sets a surrounding image region, which has a preset size and includes the set target image region, sets a plurality of similar image regions by grouping similar pixels in the surrounding image region, divides the surrounding image region into the plurality of set similar image regions, divides the target image region according to the similar image regions, sets a search region of each divided target image region, and detects an image of an image region most similar to each divided target image region from the set search region of each divided target image region, thereby performing image inpainting. Accordingly, image inpainting is performed using a search region, which has been determined to include a similar image most similar to an image to inpaint, so that it is possible to increase the probability of searching for an image most similar to the inpainting image region.05-05-2011
20110033128METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSFERRING AND RECONSTRUCTING AN IMAGE OF A COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A forensically sound image of a computer readable storage medium can be transferred across a low bandwidth communications network. The method can include the step of scanning an image of the computer readable storage medium for redundant data, the redundant data duplicative of locally stored data. The method can also include generating a skeleton image based on the image of the computer readable storage medium by excluding the redundant data from the image of the computer readable storage medium. The method can include transmitting, by a transmitting device, the skeleton image over the communications network to a receiving device to enable reconstruction of an image copy of the computer readable storage medium using the skeleton image and the locally stored data. A receiving device can reconstruct a bit-for-bit copy of the image of the computer readable storage medium.02-10-2011
20090263037Method and Apparatus for Enhancing the Dynamic Range of an Image - A method of converting an image signal from an original dynamic range to a target dynamic range includes dividing the original dynamic range and the target dynamic range in to a plurality of corresponding sub-ranges and mapping each original sub-range to its corresponding target sub-range. One of the dynamic ranges is divided into a plurality of sub-ranges having equal size and the other dynamic range is divided into the corresponding sub-ranges each having a size based on a characteristic of the corresponding equal size sub-ranges. The invention may be employed in display, capture and image processing apparatus.10-22-2009
20080267523IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A left-eye color discrimination unit (10-30-2008
20080267522IMAGE PROCESSOR, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processor is an image processor generating a composed image by composing together two or more images, and includes: image data acquisition unit that acquires image data groups as a result of image capturing of an image-capturing target with varying amounts of exposure; and image data composite unit that composes, out of the image data groups acquired by the image data acquisition unit, any of the image data groups corresponding to at least a partial range of the composed image, and generating image data of another piece of composed image.10-30-2008
20110211765IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSNIG METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Provided is an image processing apparatus including a super resolving processor including: a high frequency estimator which generates difference image information between a low resolution image input as a processing object image of a super resolving process and a mid-processing image of the super resolving process or a processed image, that is, an initial image; and a calculator which performs a process of updating the processed image through a process of calculation between the difference image information output from the high frequency estimator and the processed image, wherein the high frequency estimator performs a learning type data process using learned data in the difference image information generating process.09-01-2011
20080205783IMAGE SEQUENCE ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - Motion picture scenes to be colorized are broken into separate elements, backgrounds/sets or motion/onscreen-action. Background and motion elements are combined separately into single frame representations of multiple frames which becomes a visual reference database that includes data for all frame offsets used later for the computer controlled application of masks within a sequence of frames. Each pixel address within the database corresponds to a mask/lookup table address within the digital frame and X, Y, Z location of subsequent frames. Masks are applied to subsequent frames of motion objects based on various differentiating image processing methods, including automated mask fitting of all masks or single masks in an entire frame, bezier and polygon tracing of selected regions with edge detected shaping and operator directed detection of subsequent regions. The gray scale actively determines the mask and corresponding color lookup that is applied in a keying fashion within regions of interest.08-28-2008
20080205784Methods and Apparatus for Processing of a Digital Image - Edge information of an input digital image is obtained. Digital image data corresponding to the input digital image is transmitted to a receiver. The edge information is also transmitted to the receiver. An output digital image is obtained at the receiver by processing the digital image data received at the receiver using the edge information received at the receiver. In this way, because the edge information is transmitted separately, as side information, and does not have to be obtained at the receiver, the computational complexity requires of the receiver is low. This enables for example real-time edge-adaptive interpolation to be carried out at the receiver.08-28-2008
20110135213IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING DEGRADATION COMPONENT OF IMAGE - An image processing method includes the steps of generating a first image through restoration processing of an amplitude component and a phase component of an input image, generating a second image that has an equal state of the phase component to that of the first image and a different state of the amplitude component from that of the first image through restoration processing of the phase component without restoration processing of the amplitude component of the input image, obtaining difference information between the first image and the second image, setting a restoration level adjustment factor used to adjust a restoration degree in the restoration processing, and generating a restoration adjusted image by composing the difference information with the second image according to the restoration level adjustment factor.06-09-2011
20110135214IMAGE RESTORING DEVICE AND IMAGE RESTORING METHOD - A simple and practical image restoring device capable of improving the performance of image restoration. An image restoring device (06-09-2011
20110081094IMAGE RESOLUTION ENHANCEMENT - The invention relates to upscaling of images such as upscaling of video images from standard definition to high definition. An input image is upscaled to a resolution enhanced image (04-07-2011
20100166331METHOD FOR BEAUTIFYING HUMAN FACE IN DIGITAL IMAGE - A method for beautifying a human face in a digital image is adapted to beautify a face area of an input image. The method includes setting a selection window to select a partial image area in the input image; setting a target pixel in the selection window, and setting other pixels as comparison pixels; performing a detail checking process according to a variance between the target pixel; performing a luminance checking process on the target pixel to determine; performing a nonlinear filtering process to filter the target pixel by using a nonlinear filter to generate a filtered value, and providing a mixing ratio to mix the target pixel with the filtered value at the mixing ratio to generate a completed pixel; replacing the original target pixel with the completed pixel; and repeating the above steps until all pixels are completed.07-01-2010
20100067815METHOD FOR VIDEO ENHANCEMENT AND COMPUTER DEVICE USING THE METHOD - A video enhancement method is disclosed. An input image is retrieved and it is determined whether an enhancement mode is implemented to the input image. If so, motion detection is implemented to the input image that only enhancement coefficients of varied pixels of the input image are recalculated and the enhancement coefficients are updated to an enhancement coefficient table. Based on the enhancement coefficient table, pixel colors of the input image are adjusted and the adjusted image is output.03-18-2010
20090180703Method of obtaining variance data or standard deviation data for reducing noise, and digital photographing apparatus including recording medium storing variance data or standard deviation data for reducing noise - A method of obtaining variance data or standard deviation data for efficiently reducing noise in an image is provided. The method includes (a) dividing an image into a plurality of clusters; (b) checking frequency data of data values of pixels included in each cluster; (c) obtaining a weighted average of the data values of the pixels included in each cluster; (d) obtaining a variance or a standard deviation of the data values of the pixels included in each cluster by using the weighted average; and (e) obtaining variance data or standard deviation data in accordance with weighted averages by using the weighted average and the variance or the standard deviation in each cluster. A digital photographing apparatus is also provided that includes a recording medium storing variance data or standard deviation data for efficiently reducing noise in an image which is obtained in accordance with the above method.07-16-2009
20090175553Image processing apparatus and imaging apparatus - An image processing apparatus includes: a storage unit that records position information for a defective pixel; a setting unit that sets the defective pixel as an interpolation subject pixel, on the basis of the recorded position information; a selection unit that selects an optimum calculation equation for interpolated value from among a plurality of calculation equations for interpolated value in order to interpolate the pixel value of the interpolation subject pixel; and an interpolation unit that interpolates the pixel value of the interpolation subject pixel by using the optimum calculation equation for interpolated value selected by the selection unit; wherein the optimum calculation equation for interpolated value is one of the calculation equations for interpolated value that can be applied to the interpolation subject pixel, and has the highest interpolation accuracy of the calculation equations for interpolated value.07-09-2009
20090175552METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCING SIGNALS WITH MULTISCALE GROUPING BANDELETS - A method and apparatus for enhancing a d-dimensional digital signal by taking advantage of regular geometrical structures. The invention comprises a multiscale redundant grouping lifting (07-09-2009
20100021074METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPTICAL STABILIZATION - A method and apparatus for controlling the attitude of a vehicle (such as an aircraft) in a space having at least two opposed viewable regions, each region being viewed by a respective first sensor for sensing a first frequency band of electromagnetic radiation and a respective second sensor for sensing a second frequency band of electromagnetic radiation, wherein respective first and second data sets from the first and second sensors for each regions are produced, these second data sets are subsequently modified and combined with the first data sets to form respective third data sets for each region. The attitude of the vehicle is then adjusted until the third data sets are substantially equal.01-28-2010
20100014768Model-Based Error Resilience in Data Communication - Disclosed are embodiments of systems and methods to use a model-based technique for image error recovery in data communication. A low-dimensional representation is constructed of an image that contains errors. A manifold comprising image representations and a statistical model of the manifold are used to correct the errors in the image.01-21-2010
20090252430Automated Underwater Image Restoration Via Denoised Deconvolution - A method for simultaneously optimizing a digital image taken in or through a scattering medium and obtaining information regarding optical properties of the scattering medium is provided. Data of the digital image is received by a computer. The digital image is evaluated according to an objective image quality metric and a resulting image quality value is compared to a previously stored image quality value for the image. A revised optical transfer function is derived by modeling the optical properties of the medium to be used to generate a restored digital image, which is derived from the original image and the revised optical transfer function. The restored digital image is evaluated according to the objective image quality metric and an optimized restored image is identified. The optical properties associated with the optical transfer function producing the optimized restored image are retrieved and represent a close approximation of the true optical properties of the medium.10-08-2009
20100086227IMAGE SUPER-RESOLUTION USING GRADIENT PROFILE PRIOR - Described is a technology by which a low-resolution image is processed into a high-resolution image, including by performing processing in the gradient domain. A gradient profile corresponding to the lower-resolution image is transform into a sharpened image gradient. A high-resolution gradient profile is estimated from a low-resolution gradient profile, e.g., by multiplying the low-resolution gradient profile by a transform ratio that is based upon learned shape parameters, learned sharpness values and a curve distance to an edge pixel along the gradient profile. The transform ratio is used to transform a low-resolution gradient field to a high-resolution gradient field. Reconstructing the higher-resolution image is performed by using the high-resolution gradient field as a gradient domain constraint, e.g., in along with a reconstruction constraint obtained from image domain data. An energy function is minimized by enforcing the gradient domain constraint and the reconstruction constraint, e.g., by performing a gradient descent algorithm.04-08-2010
20110085740METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MODIFYING IMAGE QUALITY - A method and a system with which the quality of an image derived from or addressed to a chain of appliances can be modified. Formatted information related to defects of the appliances is employed. The method and system: compile directories of sources of formatted information related to the said appliances, search automatically for the formatted information related to the appliances, and modify the image automatically by image-processing software and/or image-processing components by taking into account the obtained formatted information. The formatted information can be modified as a function of variable characteristics of the image to be processed and/or the appliances. With the method and system it is possible to process images derived from appliances that have diverse origins and that have been commercialized gradually over time. Such a method and system are applicable to processing of photographic or video images and in optical instrumentation, industrial controls, robotics, metrology, etc.04-14-2011
20090196521SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMMERSION ENHANCEMENT BASED ON ADAPTIVE IMMERSION ENHANCEMENT PREDICTION - A system and method of enhancing an immersion based on adaptive immersion enhancement prediction is provided. A system for enhancing an immersion includes a foreground/background separation unit to separate an input image into a foreground image and a background image using color information and frequency information of the input image, an immersion enhancement factor calculation unit to calculate an immersion enhancement factor of the input image using the foreground image and the background image, an immersion enhancement prediction unit to predict an immersion enhancement degree of the input image using the immersion enhancement factor, and an immersion enhancement processing unit to process immersion enhancement of the input image by determining whether the immersion enhancement is necessary based on the predicted immersion enhancement degree.08-06-2009
20120207401WAVELENGTH DIVERSE SCINTILLATION REDUCTION - Systems, including apparatus and methods, for obtaining and/or correcting images, particularly from atmospheric and/or other distortions. These corrections may involve, among others, collecting two or more sets of image data corresponding to images of the same scene in different wavelength regimes, and using correlations between wavelength and expected distortion to distinguish apparent image motion due to distortion from apparent image motion due to object or scene motion. These systems may be useful in any suitable imaging context, including navigation, targeting, search and rescue, law enforcement, commercial video cameras and/or surveillance, among others.08-16-2012
20120008871IMAGE OUTPUT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING IMAGE USING THE SAME - An image output correcting device includes an output unit to process a first image and to output the processed first image as a second image, an input unit to receive a part of the second image output, a computation unit to compute a depth information of a surface on which the image is outputted by comparing the first image and the second image input to the input unit, and a control unit to generate a third image using the depth information to be outputted. A method for correcting an image output on a surface using depth information includes processing a first image, outputting a second image, computing depth information of a surface to which the second image is outputted by comparing the first image and the second image, and generating a third image using the depth information and outputting the third image.01-12-2012
20090041369IMAGE ENHANCEMENT EMPLOYING PARTIAL TEMPLATE MATCHING - A method of image-resolution enhancement employing partial-template matching, including storing at least a portion of an image, and selecting from the image a window comprising a plurality of adjacent line segments having pixels, the window including a target pixel. The method also includes comparing the pixels of the window with a template for a partial match, and responsive to a partial match being found, substituting an enhancement pixel for the target pixel. By allowing a partial match for enhancement instead of requiring a 100-percent match of the prior art, the method provides image-resolution enhancement for digital-image data having noise or other errors.02-12-2009
20120301043IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - In a time of flight type secondary ionization mass spectrometry apparatus, spread of a primary beam irradiated on a sample is calculated through a numeric or practical experiment process, and the spread is used as a blurring function to restore an image to reduce blur. Provided is an image processing method of a mass spectrum image derived by irradiating a surface of a sample with a converged short pulsed primary beam, while changing an irradiating position, to display two-dimensionally a signal intensity based on a ratio of mass to an electric charge relating to a mass spectrum, derived by a time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer, wherein the method comprising steps of: calculating a blurring function based on a shape of the primary beam incident in the surface of the sample; and restoring the mass spectrum image based on the blurring function.11-29-2012
20120301042IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus that can be applied to a wide range of general images and that is capable of improving shitsukan of materials depicted in an image by interactively adjusting multiple physical image characteristics of an image based on human latent sensations. Physical image-characteristic parameters are extracted from an input image. The image-characteristic parameters are processed using a first numerical conversion equation, and various low-order-sensitivity parameters quantifying general latent sensations are calculated. The low-order-sensitivity parameters are processed using a second numerical conversion equation, and high-order-sensitivity parameters quantifying shitsukan for different materials are calculated. An output image of which the shitsukan in the input image are improved by combining various types of image processing for changing the image characteristics so that the high-order-sensitivity parameters approach predetermined values is generated.11-29-2012
20120070096IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE RESTORATION METHOD - Provided is an imaging apparatus capable of restoring a deteriorated image to a high-resolution image when the deteriorated image is restored based on a PSF image captured by an optical system. An imaging apparatus (03-22-2012
20090022414HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE HALLUCINATION - An apparatus and method provide for providing an output image from an input image. The input image may contain at least one portion that does not display certain desired information of the image, such as texture information. The desired information may be obtained from a second portion of the input image and applied to the at least one portion that does not contain the texture information or contains a diminished amount of the texture information. Also, at least one characteristic of the second portion of the input image may not be applied to the at least one portion such as illumination information. In another example, the input image may be decomposed into multiple parts such as a high frequency and a low frequency component. Each component may be hallucinated individually or independently and combined to form the output image.01-22-2009
20110103707PROCESSING A SUPER-RESOLUTION TARGET IMAGE - In a method of processing a super-resolution target image from a plurality of substantially low resolution auxiliary frames, the target image is partitioned into a plurality of adaptively sized blocks, which are sized based upon registration confidence levels of the blocks obtained from information contained in the plurality of auxiliary frames. The blocks are classified into a plurality of different categories according to one or both of their respective registration confidence levels and their respective variance levels. In addition, separate enhancement modes designed to enhance the blocks are selected according to their respective classifications and applied on the blocks to enhance the target image.05-05-2011
20110091125SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGING WITH ENHANCED DEPTH OF FIELD - A method for imaging is presented. The method includes acquiring a plurality of images corresponding to at least one field of view at a plurality of sample distances. Furthermore, the method includes determining a figure of merit corresponding to each pixel in each of the plurality of acquired images. The method also includes for each pixel in each of the plurality of acquired images identifying an image in the plurality of images that yields a best figure of merit for that pixel. Moreover, the method includes generating an array for each image in the plurality of images. In addition, the method includes populating the arrays based upon the determined best figures of merit to generate a set of populated arrays. Also, the method includes processing each populated array in the set of populated arrays using a bit mask to generate bit masked filtered arrays. Additionally, the method includes selecting pixels from each image in the plurality of images based upon the bit masked filtered arrays. The method also includes processing the bit masked arrays using a bicubic filter to generate a filtered output. Further, the method includes blending the selected pixels as a weighted average of corresponding pixels across the plurality of images based upon the filtered output to generate the composite image having an enhanced depth of field.04-21-2011
20100290713SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND IMAGE FORMAT - According to the present invention, a polarized image is captured, a variation in its light intensity is approximated with a sinusoidal function, and then the object is spatially divided into a specular reflection area (S-area) and a diffuse reflection area (D-area) in Step S11-18-2010
20120163727IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECONSTRUCTING IMAGE OF MICROWAVE TOMOGRAPHY THEREOF - An image reconstruction apparatus includes: a transmission signal generation unit configured to generate a transmission signal in an image reconstruction region, in order to acquire an image reconstruction value; an electromagnetic wave measurement unit configured to measure electromagnetic waves by receiving the transmission signal; an image reconstruction unit configured to update a parameter by using a matrix of matched system of a Sinc-Gauss-shaped basis function which is allocated to each node of a reconstruction mesh in the image reconstruction region, and generate an image reconstruction value; and an optimization determination unit configured to determine whether the parameter of the image reconstruction unit is optimized or not, and output the image reconstruction value or cause the image reconstruction unit to repetitively perform the calculation, wherein the reconstruction mesh has a grid structure of which the size is larger than that of a forward mesh and equal to the image spatial resolution.06-28-2012
20100209012METHOD OF ENHANCEMENT OF MOVING STRUCTURE USING DOUBLE-WARPING - A method for enhancing a moving structure of interest in a sequence of images is described, wherein images of the sequence are captured at different times and defined by a matrix of discrete pixels. The method comprises the steps of warping the data representative of pixels defining the images I(t) by using the data representative of the displacements V(t→to) to obtain data representative of pixels defining a second sequence of images A (t), applying an enhancement operation to images of the second sequence A (t) to obtain data representative of pixels defining a third sequence of images B(t), selecting data representative if pixels defining one image B(s) from the third sequence of images B(t), generating data representative of a reverse displacement V(to→O for pixels of the selected structure of interest between the image I(to) captured at reference time to and each image I(t) of the sequence of images captured at time t, and warping of the image B(s) using the data representative of the reverse displacement V(to→t) to obtain data representative of pixels defining a fourth sequence of images E(t).08-19-2010
20110182526APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING IMAGE IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - Disclosed is an apparatus and a method for enhancing an image in a portable terminal. The apparatus includes an image processor for performing an Image Signal Processing (ISP) for an image received in a preview mode, an ROI processor for extracting an ROI from the image received from the image processor, enhancing an image of the extracted ROI, and synthesizing the image of the enhanced ROI with the image received from the image processor, and a controller for controlling the ROI processor to extract an ROI from an image received from the image processor, enhancing an image of the extracted ROI when a photographing is selected, synthesizing an image of the enhanced ROI with the image received from the image processor, and outputting an synthesized image.07-28-2011
20120170861IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - In an image processing apparatus, a conditional probability calculating element calculates the probability of existence of an attribute as to each region in an input degraded image, for each attribute. Optimization function determining element uses a conditional probability calculated by the conditional probability calculating element with regard to each region in the degraded image for each attribute, a-priori knowledge defined as a conditional probability of appearance of an attribute in a region of a candidate of a restored image when there is the attribute in the region, and the input degraded image to determine an optimization function using the candidate of the restored image as a variable and yielding a smaller value as the candidate of the restored image is closer to a true restored image. Restored image determining element adopts the candidate of the restored image with which the optimization function yields a minimum value as the restored image.07-05-2012
20110200267ENHANCEMENT OF IMAGE DATA - A technology is provided whereby correction may be carried out for both a person's face and other portions of an image, when performing color correction for a photographic image in which a person appears. During color correction of image data of a photographic image, the image data is analyzed, and a first region which is part of the photographic image and in which a person's face is present is determined. Then, on the basis of the portion corresponding to the first region of the image data, a first parameter relating to color is calculated. On the basis of part of the image data corresponding to a second region which is part of the photographic image but different from the first region, a second parameter relating to color is calculated. The color tone of the data is then corrected on the basis of the first and second parameters.08-18-2011
20100008595AUTOMATED ATMOSPHERIC CHARACTERIZATION OF REMOTELY SENSED MULTI-SPECTRAL IMAGERY - A method for processing remotely acquired imagery data includes identifying a region of lowest intensity in each of a plurality of different images for a plurality of different spectral bands and estimating first values for upwelling path radiance for each of the different images according to an intensity in the region in each of the different images. The method further includes selecting a visibility value and calculating second values for the upwelling path radiance for each of the different images, each of the second values based on a radiation transfer model, the radiation model generated using the visibility value and the meta-data. The method can also include comparing the first and the second values for the upwelling path radiance for the different images, adjusting the visibility value based on the comparison, and repeating the calculating, the comparing, and the adjusting steps until a termination condition is met.01-14-2010
20120224782SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING DIMENSIONALITY OF HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGES - A method for reducing dimensionality of hyperspectral images may include receiving a hyperspectral image having a plurality of pixels. A basis vector set including a number of members may then be established, wherein each of the members comprises a basis vector. For each of the plurality of pixels, a spectral vector for the pixel may be read and decomposed with the members of the basis vector set to derive a residual vector for the pixel. A basis vector for the pixel may then be added to the members of the basis vector set if the residual vector for the pixel has a magnitude exceeding a predetermined threshold, and the basis vector set may then be optimized to eliminate one of the members of the basis vector set, whereby the optimized basis vector set includes the number of members. A system configured to perform the method may also be provided.09-06-2012
20090034861IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image processing apparatus partitions entered image data into first partitioned image data and appends margin data to the first partitioned image data. The image processing apparatus corrects the first partitioned image data other than the margin data to second partitioned image data and processes the second partitioned image data and the margin data.02-05-2009
20090028456METHOD FOR IMPROVING IMAGE QUALITY, AND IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND AV DEVICE USING THE SAME - A method for improving image quality, and an image signal processing apparatus and an AV device using the same are provided. In the method for improving image quality, processing image signals relating to improving the image quality can be adaptively performed based on the amount of movement of an input movie-image so that the image quality of the movie-image can be improved without breaking the image.01-29-2009
20080298705IMAGE PRODUCTION METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MOBILE TERMINAL - An image production method and apparatus are disclosed for a mobile terminal. The image production method includes selecting photographs and applying editing effects associated with color information of at least one of the selected photographs to image data of the selected photographs to produce an output image.12-04-2008
20080298704FACE AND SKIN SENSITIVE IMAGE ENHANCEMENT - Systems and methods of face and skin sensitive image enhancement are disclosed. In one aspect, a face map that includes for each pixel of an input image a respective face probability value indicating a degree to which the pixel corresponds to a human face is calculated. A skin map that includes for each pixel of the input image a respective skin probability value indicating a degree to which the pixel corresponds to human skin is ascertained. The input image is enhanced with an enhancement level that varies pixel-by-pixel in accordance with the respective face probability values and the respective skin probability values. In another aspect, a facial content measurement value indicating a degree to which an input image contains human face content is ascertained. A tone-correction process is tuned in accordance with the facial content measurement value. The input image is enhanced in accordance with the tuned tone-correction process.12-04-2008
20090175551INTELLIGENT IMAGE ENHANCEMENT - A device receives an image, and measures at least one of location information, direction information, time information, or distance information associated with the device or the image. The device also provides the image and the at least one of location information, direction information, time information, or distance information to an image server, and receives, from the image server, enhanced image information based on the image and the at least one of location information, direction information, time information, or distance information. The device further captures an enhanced image based on the enhanced image information, and stores the enhanced image.07-09-2009
20120269453IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes: an acquisition module configured to acquire a moving image configured by a plurality of frames; an estimation module configured to estimate an amount of motion of a processing frame in the moving image with respect to a reference frame other than the processing frame in the moving image; a fine image generator configured to produce a generated fine image serving as a fine image of the processing frame by performing, according to the amount of motion, motion compensation on a fine image by increasing a spatial frequency of texture components included in the reference frame; and a combining module configured to combine the processing frame and the generated fine image, wherein the fine image generator puts a limit to an interval between the reference frame in a future direction and the processing frame.10-25-2012
20110235934IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a parameter input unit, a tap extraction unit, a predictive coefficient calculation unit, a predictive coefficient calculation unit, and a pixel value operation unit. The parameter input unit receives a parameter including an output phase, the size of an output pixel, and a variable used for a condensing model. The tap extraction unit extracts a tap including a pixel value of a focus pixel which corresponds to the output phase and pixel values of neighboring pixels of the focus pixel. The predictive coefficient calculation unit calculates a predictive coefficient to be multiplied by each of the elements of the tap. The pixel value operation unit calculates a value of the output pixel by performing a product-sum operation of the calculated predictive coefficient and each of the elements of the tap.09-29-2011
20110235933Method for Reconstructing Surfaces of Specular Object from Sparse Reflection Correspondences - A point correspondence procedure is applied to a set of images of a specular object to produce sparse reflection correspondences. The set of images is subject to rotation while acquired by a camera. That is, either the camera, the environment or the object rotates. Either a linear system AΘ=0 is solved or a related second order cone program (SOCP) is solved, where Θ is a vector of local surface parameters. Gradients of the surface are obtained from the local quadric surface parameters, and the gradients are integrated to obtain normals, wherein the normals define a shape of the surface.09-29-2011
20120087596METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PIPELINED IMAGE PROCESSING - A system and method for pipeline image processing is disclosed. In one example embodiment the one or more swaths of the image may be received on the server from a client device connected to the server via a network. The received one or more swaths are processed on a swath by swath basis to obtain one or more image quality parameters. The obtained one or more image quality parameters are compared with a predetermined threshold level. The obtained one or more image quality parameters may be sent to the client device for further processing of the image based on the obtained one or more image quality parameters.04-12-2012
20120321210SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THEMATIC MAP CREATION - This invention relates generally to systems and methods thematic map creation. In one embodiment, a method includes, but is not limited to, receiving at least one indication of at least one region associated with at least one image; determining at least one parameter value for the at least one region; and providing at least one enhancement for the at least one region based on the at least one parameter value.12-20-2012
20100202711IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The present invention relates to an image processing apparatus, an image processing method, and a program with which processed images at the time of applying a plurality of different image processings on one moving image can be easily compared.08-12-2010
20130022286IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - The present disclosure relates to a method for improving the perception of an image. The method may include subjecting an original image to a series of independent processes, each producing a pixel calculated using a respective reference kernel. The reference kernels each may comprise pixels from the original image.01-24-2013
20130022287IMAGE CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT - A method for contrast enhancement for digital images, including filtering an original image having original color values, to generate a filtered image, receiving parameters for a response curve, the response curve being a function of color value that is user-adjustable, deriving local multipliers by applying the response curve to the filtered image, multiplying the original color values by the local multipliers, thereby generating a contrast-enhanced image from the original image. A system and a computer-readable storage medium are also described.01-24-2013
20080247661Automatic dynamic range adjustment in digital imaging - A method of performing non-linear transformation of a digital image for contrast modification. The original video input is compared to a linear transformation with gain and offset; and, the differential Δ multiplied by a factor m obtained from a look-up table and the product mΔ added to the original input to obtain the output video.10-09-2008
20080247660Automatic Detection and Mapping of Symmetries in an Image - A method, system, and computer-readable storage medium are disclosed for determining one or more symmetries in an image comprising a plurality of pixels. A symmetry value may be automatically determined for each of the plurality of pixels. The symmetry value may indicate the strength of one or more symmetries in the image for the respective pixel. The symmetry value may be stored for each of the pixels.10-09-2008
20130121605IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image processing method includes: calculating in a unit of a display area, characteristic information indicating a characteristic included in the display area of first frame image information; searching for motion of a pixel between the first frame image information and second frame image information that is contained in the moving image information and that is posterior to the first frame image information; estimating characteristic information in the unit of the display area of the second frame image information based on the motion of the pixel and the characteristic information in the unit of the display area of the first frame image information; generating high-frequency image information in which a high-frequency component varies depending on the characteristic information in the unit of the display area of the second frame image information; and blending the high-frequency image information on the second frame image information.05-16-2013
20080199098Information processing method, information processing apparatus, and storage medium having program stored thereon - An information processing method includes: obtaining, from image data, data indicating a characteristic of an image indicated by the image data; obtaining, from supplemental data appended to the image data, data other than data relating to a scene; and identifying a scene of the image with data indicating the characteristic of the image and the data other than data relating to the scene as characteristic amounts.08-21-2008
20080199097Multi-Feature Time Filtering for Enhancing Structures in Noisy Images - A method for enhancing objects of interest represented on a moving background in a sequence of noisy images, and for displaying the sequence of enhanced images, the method comprising the steps of acquiring the sequence of images, extracting features related to an object of interest on a background in images from the sequence of acquired images or processed images, said features comprising at least two separately identified parts, registering separately each identified part with respect to an image from the sequence of acquired images, while not registering the background around said identified parts, to generate registered images of said identified parts, assembling together all registered identified parts from said object of interest using a weighted combination of said registered identified parts, to generate assembled images, integrating both said object of interest and said background over at least one assembled image and one acquired image, and displaying the processed images of the enhanced object of interest on faded background.08-21-2008
20080199096Method and system for the selective application of automatic image enhancement to digital images - A method and system for selective application of AIE (Automatic Image Enhancement) based on the characteristic of an image. The image can be evaluated utilizing PDL data, object location data, image layering data, image overprint data and image raster data in combination with a weighting scheme to ascertain whether the image should be designated as a background or watermark. The designated images can be passed through a tag to a DFE (Digital Front End) application in order to determine the application of AIE to the images.08-21-2008
20080199095Pixel Extraction And Replacement - A method for pixel extraction and replacement is disclosed. In one implementation, the method includes generating a set of pixel values and pixel value frequencies for a pixel presented in a series of digital images of a scene. A digital image of the scene which includes a pixel value for the pixel is received and a comparison is made between the pixel value and the set of pixel values. A determination is performed to decide upon substitution of the pixel value with a different pixel value based on the comparison. Other techniques are also disclosed.08-21-2008
20130208994IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus comprising: an acquiring unit configured to acquire a correction target image and user information indicating characteristics of a user requesting a correction; an image accumulating unit configured to accumulate images therein; an extracting unit configured to extract an image from the image accumulating unit based on the user information acquired by the acquiring unit, the image matching the characteristics of the user requesting the correction; a setting unit configured to set a correction target value based on the image extracted by the extracting unit; and a correcting unit configured to correct the correction target image based on the correction target value.08-15-2013

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