Analysis and comparison of the contrast enhancement techniques for infrared images

Turan, Arif Ergün
Today, infrared cameras are used especially for target tracking and surveillance operations. However, they have a high dynamic range output, and the standard display devices cannot handle them. In order to show them on common devices, the dynamic range is cropped. Thus, the contrast of the image is reduced. This is called as the High Dynamic Range (HDR) Compression. Although several algorithms have been proposed for preserving details during the HDR compression process, it cannot be used to enhance the local contrasts of image contents. In this thesis, we compare the performances of contrast enhancement techniques, which are suitable for real time applications. The methods experimented are generally histogram based methods. Some modifications are also proposed in order to reduce computational complexity of the process. Performances of these methods are compared with common objective quality metrics on different image sets.


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Citation Formats
A. E. Turan, “Analysis and comparison of the contrast enhancement techniques for infrared images,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.