21 May 2015 An infrared-visible image fusion scheme based on NSCT and compressed sensing
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Image fusion, as a research hot point nowadays in the field of infrared computer vision, has been developed utilizing different varieties of methods. Traditional image fusion algorithms are inclined to bring problems, such as data storage shortage and computational complexity increase, etc. Compressed sensing (CS) uses sparse sampling without knowing the priori knowledge and greatly reconstructs the image, which reduces the cost and complexity of image processing. In this paper, an advanced compressed sensing image fusion algorithm based on non-subsampled contourlet transform (NSCT) is proposed. NSCT provides better sparsity than the wavelet transform in image representation. Throughout the NSCT decomposition, the low-frequency and high-frequency coefficients can be obtained respectively. For the fusion processing of low-frequency coefficients of infrared and visible images , the adaptive regional energy weighting rule is utilized. Thus only the high-frequency coefficients are specially measured. Here we use sparse representation and random projection to obtain the required values of high-frequency coefficients, afterwards, the coefficients of each image block can be fused via the absolute maximum selection rule and/or the regional standard deviation rule. In the reconstruction of the compressive sampling results, a gradient-based iterative algorithm and the total variation (TV) method are employed to recover the high-frequency coefficients. Eventually, the fused image is recovered by inverse NSCT. Both the visual effects and the numerical computation results after experiments indicate that the presented approach achieves much higher quality of image fusion, accelerates the calculations, enhances various targets and extracts more useful information.
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Qiong Zhang, Xavier Maldague, "An infrared-visible image fusion scheme based on NSCT and compressed sensing", Proc. SPIE 9474, Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition XXIV, 94740Y (21 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2177535; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2177535
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