Physics-inspired Learning for Structure-Aware Texture-Sensitive Underwater Image Enhancement
Proceedings of The 13th Asian Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 157:1224-1236, 2021.
Recently, improving the visual quality of underwater images using deep learning-based methods has drawn considerable attention. Unfortunately, diverse environmental factors (e.g., blue/green color distortion) severely limit their performance in real-world environments. Therefore, strengthening the superiority of the underwater image enhancement method is critical. In this paper, we devote ourselves to develop a new architecture with strong superiority and adaptability. Inspired by the underwater imaging principle, we establish a novel physics-inspired learning model that is easy to realize. A Structure-Aware Texture-Sensitive Network (SATS-Net) is further developed to portray the model. The structure-aware module is responsible for structural information, and the texture-sensitive module is responsible for textural information. Thus, SATS-Net successfully incorporates robust characterization absorbed from the physical principle to achieve strong robustness and adaptability. We conduct extensive experiments to demonstrate that SATS-Net outperforms existing advanced techniques in various real-world underwater environments.