Image Dehazing Transformer with Transmission-Aware 3D Position Embedding

Chunle GUO, Qixin YAN, Saeed ANWAR, Runmin CONG, Wenqi REN, Chongyi LI*

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Despite single image dehazing has been made promising progress with Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), the inherent equivariance and locality of convolution still bottleneck deharing performance. Though Transformer has occupied various computer vision tasks, directly leveraging Transformer for image dehazing is challenging: 1) it tends to result in ambiguous and coarse details that are undesired for image reconstruction; 2) previous position embedding of Transformer is provided in logic or spatial position order that neglects the variational haze densities, which results in the sub-optimal dehazlng performance. 

The key insight of this study is to investigate how to combine CNN and Transformer for image dehazing. To solve the feature inconsistency issue between Transformer and CNN, we propose to modulate CNN features via learning modulation matrices (i.e., coefficient matrix and bias matrix) conditioned on Transformer features instead of simple feature addition or concatenation. The feature modulation naturally inherits the global context modeling capability of Transformer and the local representation capability of CNN. We bring a haze density-related prior into Trans-former via a novel transmission-aware 3D position embedding module, which not only provides the relative position but also suggests the haze density of different spatial regions. Extensive experiments demonstrate that our method, DeHamer, attains state-of-the-art performance on several image dehazing benchmarks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings : 2022 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2022
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781665469463
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event2022 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2022 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 19 Jun 202224 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1063-6919


Conference2022 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans

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