Color image normalization through illuminant recovery

Reiner Lenz, Peter Meer

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The information in a color image is always a function of the illuminating source, the geometry, the reflectance properties of the object and the characteristic of the camera. Separating the influence of the spectral distribution of the illumination and the reflectance properties of the object is known as the color constancy problem. Successful separation is important for vision and pattern recognition tasks, quality control in the graphic arts and image database applications. We describe an approach to the color constancy problem which is based on statistical assumptions about the distribution of colors. It uses the eigenvector system of the logarithmic spectra in a large database of color samples and employs methods from robust statistics to recover the illumination spectrum. We illustrate the performance of the algorithm with a simulation in which the effect of the illumination by the standard A-source is eliminated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3141-3144
Number of pages4
JournalICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP. Part 1 (of 5) - Munich, Ger
Duration: Apr 21 1997Apr 24 1997


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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