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Resolution enhancement in the recovery of underdrawings via style transfer by generative adversarial deep neural networks

Jan 30, 2021
George Cann, Anthony Bourached, Ryan-Rhys Griffiths, David Stork

We apply generative adversarial convolutional neural networks to the problem of style transfer to underdrawings and ghost-images in x-rays of fine art paintings with a special focus on enhancing their spatial resolution. We build upon a neural architecture developed for the related problem of synthesizing high-resolution photo-realistic image from semantic label maps. Our neural architecture achieves high resolution through a hierarchy of generators and discriminator sub-networks, working throughout a range of spatial resolutions. This coarse-to-fine generator architecture can increase the effective resolution by a factor of eight in each spatial direction, or an overall increase in number of pixels by a factor of 64. We also show that even just a few examples of human-generated image segmentations can greatly improve -- qualitatively and quantitatively -- the generated images. We demonstrate our method on works such as Leonardo's Madonna of the carnation and the underdrawing in his Virgin of the rocks, which pose several special problems in style transfer, including the paucity of representative works from which to learn and transfer style information.

* Accepted for Publication at Computer Vision and Art Analysis, IS&T, Springfield, VA, 2021 
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Dynamic Neural Radiance Fields for Monocular 4D Facial Avatar Reconstruction

Dec 05, 2020
Guy Gafni, Justus Thies, Michael Zollhöfer, Matthias Nießner

We present dynamic neural radiance fields for modeling the appearance and dynamics of a human face. Digitally modeling and reconstructing a talking human is a key building-block for a variety of applications. Especially, for telepresence applications in AR or VR, a faithful reproduction of the appearance including novel viewpoints or head-poses is required. In contrast to state-of-the-art approaches that model the geometry and material properties explicitly, or are purely image-based, we introduce an implicit representation of the head based on scene representation networks. To handle the dynamics of the face, we combine our scene representation network with a low-dimensional morphable model which provides explicit control over pose and expressions. We use volumetric rendering to generate images from this hybrid representation and demonstrate that such a dynamic neural scene representation can be learned from monocular input data only, without the need of a specialized capture setup. In our experiments, we show that this learned volumetric representation allows for photo-realistic image generation that surpasses the quality of state-of-the-art video-based reenactment methods.

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Image Aesthetics Assessment Using Composite Features from off-the-Shelf Deep Models

Feb 22, 2019
Xin Fu, Jia Yan, Cien Fan

Deep convolutional neural networks have recently achieved great success on image aesthetics assessment task. In this paper, we propose an efficient method which takes the global, local and scene-aware information of images into consideration and exploits the composite features extracted from corresponding pretrained deep learning models to classify the derived features with support vector machine. Contrary to popular methods that require fine-tuning or training a new model from scratch, our training-free method directly takes the deep features generated by off-the-shelf models for image classification and scene recognition. Also, we analyzed the factors that could influence the performance from two aspects: the architecture of the deep neural network and the contribution of local and scene-aware information. It turns out that deep residual network could produce more aesthetics-aware image representation and composite features lead to the improvement of overall performance. Experiments on common large-scale aesthetics assessment benchmarks demonstrate that our method outperforms the state-of-the-art results in photo aesthetics assessment.

* Accepted by ICIP 2018 
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MC-GAN: Multi-conditional Generative Adversarial Network for Image Synthesis

Aug 15, 2018
Hyojin Park, YoungJoon Yoo, Nojun Kwak

In this paper, we introduce a new method for generating an object image from text attributes on a desired location, when the base image is given. One step further to the existing studies on text-to-image generation mainly focusing on the object's appearance, the proposed method aims to generate an object image preserving the given background information, which is the first attempt in this field. To tackle the problem, we propose a multi-conditional GAN (MC-GAN) which controls both the object and background information jointly. As a core component of MC-GAN, we propose a synthesis block which disentangles the object and background information in the training stage. This block enables MC-GAN to generate a realistic object image with the desired background by controlling the amount of the background information from the given base image using the foreground information from the text attributes. From the experiments with Caltech-200 bird and Oxford-102 flower datasets, we show that our model is able to generate photo-realistic images with a resolution of 128 x 128. The source code of MC-GAN is released.

* BMVC 2018 accepted 
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Multi-Task Spatiotemporal Neural Networks for Structured Surface Reconstruction

Jul 20, 2018
Mingze Xu, Chenyou Fan, John D Paden, Geoffrey C Fox, David J Crandall

Deep learning methods have surpassed the performance of traditional techniques on a wide range of problems in computer vision, but nearly all of this work has studied consumer photos, where precisely correct output is often not critical. It is less clear how well these techniques may apply on structured prediction problems where fine-grained output with high precision is required, such as in scientific imaging domains. Here we consider the problem of segmenting echogram radar data collected from the polar ice sheets, which is challenging because segmentation boundaries are often very weak and there is a high degree of noise. We propose a multi-task spatiotemporal neural network that combines 3D ConvNets and Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) to estimate ice surface boundaries from sequences of tomographic radar images. We show that our model outperforms the state-of-the-art on this problem by (1) avoiding the need for hand-tuned parameters, (2) extracting multiple surfaces (ice-air and ice-bed) simultaneously, (3) requiring less non-visual metadata, and (4) being about 6 times faster.

* 10 pages, 7 figures, published in WACV 2018 
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Multi-Exposure Image Fusion Based on Exposure Compensation

Jun 23, 2018
Yuma Kinoshita, Taichi Yoshida, Sayaka Shiota, Hitoshi Kiya

This paper proposes a novel multi-exposure image fusion method based on exposure compensation. Multi-exposure image fusion is a method to produce images without color saturation regions, by using photos with different exposures. However, in conventional works, it is unclear how to determine appropriate exposure values, and moreover, it is difficult to set appropriate exposure values at the time of photographing due to time constraints. In the proposed method, the luminance of the input multi-exposure images is adjusted on the basis of the relationship between exposure values and pixel values, where the relationship is obtained by assuming that a digital camera has a linear response function. The use of a local contrast enhancement method is also considered to improve input multi-exposure images. The compensated images are finally combined by one of existing multi-exposure image fusion methods. In some experiments, the effectiveness of the proposed method are evaluated in terms of the tone mapped image quality index, statistical naturalness, and discrete entropy, by comparing the proposed one with conventional ones.

* in Proc. IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, pp.1388-1392, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 19th April, 2018. arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:1805.11211 
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I M Avatar: Implicit Morphable Head Avatars from Videos

Dec 15, 2021
Yufeng Zheng, Victoria Fernández Abrevaya, Xu Chen, Marcel C. Bühler, Michael J. Black, Otmar Hilliges

Traditional morphable face models provide fine-grained control over expression but cannot easily capture geometric and appearance details. Neural volumetric representations approach photo-realism but are hard to animate and do not generalize well to unseen expressions. To tackle this problem, we propose IMavatar (Implicit Morphable avatar), a novel method for learning implicit head avatars from monocular videos. Inspired by the fine-grained control mechanisms afforded by conventional 3DMMs, we represent the expression- and pose-related deformations via learned blendshapes and skinning fields. These attributes are pose-independent and can be used to morph the canonical geometry and texture fields given novel expression and pose parameters. We employ ray tracing and iterative root-finding to locate the canonical surface intersection for each pixel. A key contribution is our novel analytical gradient formulation that enables end-to-end training of IMavatars from videos. We show quantitatively and qualitatively that our method improves geometry and covers a more complete expression space compared to state-of-the-art methods.

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FCA: Learning a 3D Full-coverage Vehicle Camouflage for Multi-view Physical Adversarial Attack

Sep 15, 2021
DonghuaWang, Tingsong Jiang, Jialiang Sun, Weien Zhou, Xiaoya Zhang, Zhiqiang Gong, Wen Yao, Xiaoqian Chen

Physical adversarial attacks in object detection have attracted increasing attention. However, most previous works focus on hiding the objects from the detector by generating an individual adversarial patch, which only covers the planar part of the vehicle's surface and fails to attack the detector in physical scenarios for multi-view, long-distance and partially occluded objects. To bridge the gap between digital attacks and physical attacks, we exploit the full 3D vehicle surface to propose a robust Full-coverage Camouflage Attack (FCA) to fool detectors. Specifically, we first try rendering the non-planar camouflage texture over the full vehicle surface. To mimic the real-world environment conditions, we then introduce a transformation function to transfer the rendered camouflaged vehicle into a photo-realistic scenario. Finally, we design an efficient loss function to optimize the camouflage texture. Experiments show that the full-coverage camouflage attack can not only outperform state-of-the-art methods under various test cases but also generalize to different environments, vehicles, and object detectors.

* 9 pages, 5 figures 
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The Surprising Effectiveness of Visual Odometry Techniques for Embodied PointGoal Navigation

Aug 26, 2021
Xiaoming Zhao, Harsh Agrawal, Dhruv Batra, Alexander Schwing

It is fundamental for personal robots to reliably navigate to a specified goal. To study this task, PointGoal navigation has been introduced in simulated Embodied AI environments. Recent advances solve this PointGoal navigation task with near-perfect accuracy (99.6% success) in photo-realistically simulated environments, assuming noiseless egocentric vision, noiseless actuation, and most importantly, perfect localization. However, under realistic noise models for visual sensors and actuation, and without access to a "GPS and Compass sensor," the 99.6%-success agents for PointGoal navigation only succeed with 0.3%. In this work, we demonstrate the surprising effectiveness of visual odometry for the task of PointGoal navigation in this realistic setting, i.e., with realistic noise models for perception and actuation and without access to GPS and Compass sensors. We show that integrating visual odometry techniques into navigation policies improves the state-of-the-art on the popular Habitat PointNav benchmark by a large margin, improving success from 64.5% to 71.7% while executing 6.4 times faster.

* ICCV 2021 
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