UnModNet: Learning to Unwrap a Modulo Image for High Dynamic Range Imaging

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 33 (NeurIPS 2020)

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Chu Zhou, Hang Zhao, Jin Han, Chang Xu, Chao Xu, Tiejun Huang, Boxin Shi


A conventional camera often suffers from over- or under-exposure when recording a real-world scene with a very high dynamic range (HDR). In contrast, a modulo camera with a Markov random field (MRF) based unwrapping algorithm can theoretically accomplish unbounded dynamic range but shows degenerate performances when there are modulus-intensity ambiguity, strong local contrast, and color misalignment. In this paper, we reformulate the modulo image unwrapping problem into a series of binary labeling problems and propose a modulo edge-aware model, named as UnModNet, to iteratively estimate the binary rollover masks of the modulo image for unwrapping. Experimental results show that our approach can generate 12-bit HDR images from 8-bit modulo images reliably, and runs much faster than the previous MRF-based algorithm thanks to the GPU acceleration.