Unsupervised Low-light Image Enhancement with Decoupled Networks

6 May 2020  ·  Wei Xiong, Ding Liu, Xiaohui Shen, Chen Fang, Jiebo Luo ·

In this paper, we tackle the problem of enhancing real-world low-light images with significant noise in an unsupervised fashion. Conventional unsupervised learning-based approaches usually tackle the low-light image enhancement problem using an image-to-image translation model. They focus primarily on illumination or contrast enhancement but fail to suppress the noise that ubiquitously exists in images taken under real-world low-light conditions. To address this issue, we explicitly decouple this task into two sub-tasks: illumination enhancement and noise suppression. We propose to learn a two-stage GAN-based framework to enhance the real-world low-light images in a fully unsupervised fashion. To facilitate the unsupervised training of our model, we construct samples with pseudo labels. Furthermore, we propose an adaptive content loss to suppress real image noise in different regions based on illumination intensity. In addition to conventional benchmark datasets, a new unpaired low-light image enhancement dataset is built and used to thoroughly evaluate the performance of our model. Extensive experiments show that our proposed method outperforms the state-of-the-art unsupervised image enhancement methods in terms of both illumination enhancement and noise reduction.

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