Interleaved Regression Tree Field Cascades for Blind Image Deconvolution

Kevin Schelten, Sebastian Nowozin, Jeremy Jancsary, Carsten Rother, Stefan Roth

Published by IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Image blur from camera shake is a common cause for poor image quality in digital photography, prompting a significant recent interest in image deblurring. The vast majority of work on blind deblurring splits the problem into two subsequent steps: First, the blur process (i.e., blur kernel) is estimated; then the image is restored given the estimated kernel using a non-blind deblurring algorithm. Recent work in non-blind deblurring has shown that discriminative approaches can have clear image quality and runtime benefits over typical generative formulations. In this paper, we propose a cascade for blind deblurring that alternates between kernel estimation and discriminative deblurring using regression tree fields (RTFs). We further contribute a new dataset of realistic image blur kernels from human camera shake, which we use to train the discriminative component. Extensive qualitative and quantitative experiments show a clear gain in image quality by interleaving kernel estimation and discriminative deblurring in an iterative cascade