Image Attributes and Quality for Evaluation of Tone Mapping Operators

Martin Čadík, Michael Wimmer, László Neumann, Alessandro Artusi
Image Attributes and Quality for Evaluation of Tone Mapping Operators
In Proceedings of Pacific Graphics 2006 (14th Pacific Conference on Computer Graphics and Applications), pages 35-44. October 2006.
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Abstract

The problem of reproducing high dynamic range images on devices with restricted dynamic range has gained a lot of interest in the computer graphics community. There exist various approaches to this issue, which span several research areas including computer graphics, image processing, color science, physiology, neurology, psychology, etc. These approaches assume a thorough knowledge of both the objective and subjective attributes of an image. However, no comprehensive overview and analysis of such attributes has been published so far. In this paper, we present an overview of image quality attributes of different tone mapping methods. Furthermore, we propose a scheme of relationships between these attributes, leading to the definition of an overall image quality measure. We present results of subjective psychophysical tests that we have performed to prove the proposed relationship scheme. We also present the evaluation of existing tone mapping methods with regard to these attributes. Our effort is not just useful to get into the tone mapping field or when implementing a tone mapping operator, but it also sets the stage for well-founded quality comparisons between tone mapping operators. By providing good definitions of the different attributes, user-driven or fully automatic comparisons are made possible at all.

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@inproceedings{CADIK-2006-IAQ,
  title =      "Image Attributes and Quality for Evaluation of Tone Mapping
               Operators",
  author =     "Martin \v{C}ad\'{i}k and Michael Wimmer and L\'{a}szl\'{o}
               Neumann and Alessandro Artusi",
  year =       "2006",
  abstract =   "The problem of reproducing high dynamic range images on
               devices with restricted dynamic range has gained a lot of
               interest in the computer graphics community. There exist
               various approaches to this issue, which span several
               research areas including computer graphics, image
               processing, color science, physiology, neurology,
               psychology, etc. These approaches assume a thorough
               knowledge of both the objective and subjective attributes of
               an image. However, no comprehensive overview and analysis of
               such attributes has been published so far. In this paper, we
               present an overview of image quality attributes of different
               tone mapping methods. Furthermore, we propose a scheme of
               relationships between these attributes, leading to the
               definition of an overall image quality measure. We present
               results of subjective psychophysical tests that we have
               performed to prove the proposed relationship scheme. We also
               present the evaluation of existing tone mapping methods with
               regard to these attributes. Our effort is not just useful to
               get into the tone mapping field or when implementing a tone
               mapping operator, but it also sets the stage for
               well-founded quality comparisons between tone mapping
               operators. By providing good definitions of the different
               attributes, user-driven or fully automatic comparisons are
               made possible at all.",
  month =      oct,
  booktitle =  "Proceedings of Pacific Graphics 2006 (14th Pacific
               Conference on Computer Graphics and Applications)",
  location =   "Taipe, Taiwan",
  publisher =  "National Taiwan University Press",
  pages =      "35--44",
  keywords =   "tone mapping evaluation, tone mapping, high-dynamic range
               images",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2006/CADIK-2006-IAQ/",
}