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Quality assessment of images illuminated by dim LCD backlight
Author(s): Tai-Hsiang Huang; Chen-Tai Kao; Homer H. Chen
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Paper Abstract

We consider the quality assessment of images displayed on a liquid crystal display (LCD) with dim backlight-a situation where the power consumption of the LCD is set to a low level. This energy saving mode of LCD decreases the perceived image quality. In particular, some image regions may appear so dark that they become non-perceptible to human eye. The problem becomes more severe when the image is illuminated with very dim backlight. Ignoring the effect of dim backlight on image quality assessment and directly applying an image quality assessment metric to the entire image may produce results inconsistent with human evaluation. We propose a method to fix the problem. The proposed method works as a precursor of image quality assessment. Specifically, given an image and the backlight intensity level of the LCD on which the image is to be displayed, the method automatically classifies the pixels of an image into perceptible and non-perceptible pixels according to the backlight intensity level and excludes the nonperceptible pixels from quality assessment. Experimental results are shown to demonstrate the performance of the proposed method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8291, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XVII, 82911Q (20 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919904
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Tai-Hsiang Huang, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Chen-Tai Kao, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Homer H. Chen, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8291:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XVII
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas; Huib de Ridder, Editor(s)

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