Normalized Blind Deconvolution

Jin, Meiguang; Roth, Stefan; Favaro, Paolo (September 2018). Normalized Blind Deconvolution. In: European Conference on Computer Vision 2018. Munich, Germany. Sep. 8 - Sep. 14, 2018.

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We introduce a family of novel approaches to single-image blind deconvolution, i.e., the problem of recovering a sharp image and a blur kernel from a single blurry input. This problem is highly ill-posed, because infinite (image, blur) pairs produce the same blurry image. Most research effort has been devoted to the design of priors for natural images and blur kernels, which can drastically prune the set of possible solutions. Unfortunately, these priors are usually not sufficient to favor the sharp solution. In this paper we address this issue by looking at a much less studied aspect: the relative scale ambiguity between the sharp image and the blur. Most prior work eliminates this ambiguity by fixing the L¹ norm of the blur kernel. In principle, however, this choice is arbitrary. We show that a careful design of the blur normalization yields a blind deconvolution formulation with remarkable accuracy and robustness to noise. Specifically, we show that using the Frobenius norm to fix the scale ambiguity enables convex image priors, such as the total variation, to achieve state-of-the-art results on both synthetic and real datasets.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)

UniBE Contributor:

Jin, Meiguang and Favaro, Paolo


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
500 Science > 510 Mathematics




Xiaochen Wang

Date Deposited:

28 May 2019 15:26

Last Modified:

28 Oct 2019 12:08




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