PhD Proposal - Incorporating Physical Illumination Constraints into Deep Learning Shadow Detection and Removal - Hieu Le

Dates: 
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:30am
Location: 
Zoom
Event Description: 

 

Hieu Le presents "Incorporating Physical Illumination Constraints into Deep Learning Shadow Detection and Removal" (PhD Proposal)

Shadows provide useful cues to analyze the scene but also hamper many computer vision algorithms such as image segmentation, object detection or tracking. For those reasons, shadow detection and shadow removal have been well studied topics in computer vision. Early approaches for shadow detection and removal focus on physical illumination models of shadows. These methods can express, identify, and remove shadows in a physically plausible manner. However, these models are often hard to optimize and slow in inference due to reliance on hand-designed image features. On the other hand, recent deep-learning approaches have achieved breakthroughs in performances for both shadow detection and removal. They learn to extract useful features automatically through training while being extremely efficient in computation. However, these models are data-dependent, opaque and ignore the physical aspects of shadows.

We propose to incorporate physical illumination constraints into deep-learning frameworks. Thus the mapping learned by the deep-network closely follows the physics of shadows, enabling the network to systematically and realistically modify shadows in images. For shadow detection, we present a novel GAN framework in which the generator can generate realistic images with attenuated shadows that can be used to train a shadow detector. For shadow removal, we propose a method that uses deep-networks to estimate the unknown parameters for a shadow image formation model that removes shadows. The system outputs shadow-free images in high-quality with no image artifacts and achieves state-of-the-art shadow removal performance. Lastly, we propose a system trained without the need for any shadow-free images in which physical constraints play pivotal roles that enable training the networks.

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PhD Proposal - Incorporating Physical Illumination Constraints into Deep Learning Shadow Detection and Removal - Hieu Le