Learning Rank-1 Diffractive Optics for Single-shot High Dynamic Range Imaging

Qilin Sun, Ethan Tseng, Qiang Fu, Wolfgang Heidrich, Felix Heide

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    High-dynamic range (HDR) imaging is an essential imaging modality for a wide range of applications in uncontrolled environments, including autonomous driving, robotics, and mobile phone cameras. However, existing HDR techniques in commodity devices struggle with dynamic scenes due to multi-shot acquisition and post- processing time, e.g. mobile phone burst photography, making such approaches unsuitable for real-time applications. In this work, we propose a method for snapshot HDR imaging by learning an optical HDR encoding in a single image which maps saturated highlights into neighboring unsaturated areas using a diffractive optical element (DOE). We propose a novel rank-1 parameterization of the proposed DOE which avoids vast trainable parameters and keeps high frequencies' encoding compared with conventional end-to-end design methods. We further propose a reconstruction network tailored to this rank-1 parametrization for recovery of clipped information from the encoded measurements. The proposed end-to-end framework is validated through simulation and real-world experiments and improves the PSNR by more than 7 dB over state-of-the-art end-to-end designs.
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationCVPR 2020
    StatePublished - Jun 15 2020

    Bibliographical note

    KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
    Acknowledgements: This work was supported by KAUST baseline funding.


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