HCLR-Net: Hybrid Contrastive Learning Regularization with Locally Randomized Perturbation for Underwater Image Enhancement

Jingchun Zhou, Jiaming Sun, Chongyi Li, Qiuping Jiang, Man Zhou, Kin Man Lam, Weishi Zhang, Xianping Fu

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Underwater image enhancement presents a significant challenge due to the complex and diverse underwater environments that result in severe degradation phenomena such as light absorption, scattering, and color distortion. More importantly, obtaining paired training data for these scenarios is a challenging task, which further hinders the generalization performance of enhancement models. To address these issues, we propose a novel approach, the Hybrid Contrastive Learning Regularization (HCLR-Net). Our method is built upon a distinctive hybrid contrastive learning regularization strategy that incorporates a unique methodology for constructing negative samples. This approach enables the network to develop a more robust sample distribution. Notably, we utilize non-paired data for both positive and negative samples, with negative samples are innovatively reconstructed using local patch perturbations. This strategy overcomes the constraints of relying solely on paired data, boosting the model’s potential for generalization. The HCLR-Net also incorporates an Adaptive Hybrid Attention module and a Detail Repair Branch for effective feature extraction and texture detail restoration, respectively. Comprehensive experiments demonstrate the superiority of our method, which shows substantial improvements over several state-of-the-art methods in terms of quantitative metrics, significantly enhances the visual quality of underwater images, establishing its innovative and practical applicability. Our code is available at: https://github.com/zhoujingchun03/HCLR-Net .

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Vision
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • Attention mechanism
  • Contrastive learning
  • Feature distribution
  • Underwater image

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


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