Methods and Systems for Suppressing Atmospheric Turbulence in Images

Alessandro Foi (Inventor), Vladimir Katkovnik (Inventor), Pavlo Molchanov (Inventor), Enrique Sanchez-Monge (Inventor)

    Research output: Patent


    Various techniques are disclosed to suppress distortion in images (e.g., video or still images), such as distortion caused by atmospheric turbulence. For example, similar image blocks from a sequence of images may be identified and tracked along motion trajectories to construct spatiotemporal volumes. The motion trajectories are smoothed to estimate the true positions of the image blocks without random displacements/shifts due to the distortion, and the smoothed trajectories are used to aggregate the image blocks in their new estimated positions to reconstruct the sequence of images with the random displacements/shifts suppressed. Blurring that may remain within each image block of the spatiotemporal volumes may be suppressed by modifying the spatiotemporal volumes in a collaborative fashion. For example, a decorrelating transform may be applied to the spatiotemporal volumes to suppress the blurring in a transform domain, such as by alpha-rooting or other suitable operations on the coefficients of the spectral volumes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Patent numberUS2015254813
    IPCH04N 5/ 217 A I
    Priority date22/05/15
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2015
    Publication typeH1 Granted patent


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