Video lightening with dedicated CNN architecture

Li Wen Wang, Wan Chi Siu, Zhi Song Liu, Chu Tak Li, Daniel Pak Kong Lun

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Darkness brings us uncertainty, worry and low confidence. This is a problem not only applicable to us walking in a dark evening but also for drivers driving a car on the road with very dim or even without lighting condition. To address this problem, we propose a new CNN structure named as Video Lightening Network (VLN) that regards the low-light enhancement as a residual learning task, which is useful as reference to indirectly lightening the environment, or for vision-based application systems, such as driving assistant systems. The VLN consists of several Lightening Back-Projection (LBP) and Temporal Aggregation (TA) blocks. Each LBP block enhances the low-light frame by domain transfer learning that iteratively maps the frame between the low- and normal-light domains. A TA block handles the motion among neighboring frames by investigating the spatial and temporal relationships. Several TAs work in a multi-scale way, which compensates the motions at different levels. The proposed architecture has a consistent enhancement for different levels of illuminations, which significantly increases the visual quality even in the extremely dark environment. Extensive experimental results show that the proposed approach outperforms other methods under both objective and subjective metrics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICPR 2020 - 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728188089
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Event25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2020 - Virtual, Milan, Italy
Duration: 10 Jan 202115 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1051-4651


Conference25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2020
CityVirtual, Milan


  • Deep learning
  • Low-light video enhancement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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