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Distortion Rectification from Static to Dynamic: A Distortion Sequence Construction Perspective

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Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology
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Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Distortion rectification is a fundamental task in the field of computer vision and image processing. Nevertheless, previous methods have regarded distortion rectification as a static problem that learns a mapping function and corrects the distorted image to a unique state. However, this state is generally not the optimal solution, as it would result in an under-rectified or over-rectified structure. In this study, we revisit the classical distortion rectification task with a new perspective and redesign the algorithm, inspired by video processing techniques. Specifically, we regard distortion rectification as a dynamic problem that can be extended to a sequence of different distortion states: the input distorted image (t), under-rectified image (t+1), ideal-rectified image (t+2), and over-rectified image (t+3). We first estimate the residual distortion map (RDM) between the input distorted image and the coarse-rectified (t+1 or t+3) image. Here, RDM indicates the motion difference between two distorted images. Subsequently, the RDM is used to guide the refinement rectification process, aiming to convert the coarse-rectified state into the ideal-rectified state. In addition, the flexible implementation of the proposed refinement process with RDM to improve the rectification results of any method is appealing. The experimental results demonstrate that our method outperforms the state-of-the-art schemes by a significant margin, revealing approximately 40% improvement through quantitative evaluation.

Keywords

  • Cameras, Nonlinear distortion, Optical distortion, Task analysis, Feature extraction, Learning systems, Distortion Rectification, Deep Learning, Video Processing, Dynamic Construction

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