Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Tonazzini A., Gerace I., Cricco F. Joint blind separation and restoration of mixed degraded images for document analysis. In: IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (Singapore, October 24-27, 2004). Proceedings, pp. 311 - 314. IEEE, 2004.
We consider the problem of extracting clean images from noisy mixtures of images degraded by blur operators. This special case of source separation arises, for instance, when analyzing document images showing bleed-through or show-through. We propose to jointly perform demixing and deblurring by augmenting blind source separation with a step of image restoration. Within the ICA approach, i.e. assuming the statistical independence of the sources, we adopt a Bayesian formulation were the priors on the ideal images are given in the form of MRF, and a MAP estimation is employed for the joint recovery of both the mixing matrix and the images. We show that taking into account for the blur model and for a proper image model improves the separation process and makes it more robust against noise. Preliminary results on synthetic examples of documents exhibiting bleed-through are provided, considering edge-preserving priors that are suitable to describe text images.
Subject Deconvolution
Blind Source Separation
Markov Random Fields
Image Restoration
Document Analysis
I.4.4 Restoration
I.7 Document and text processing
I.5.1 Models. Statistical
I.2.6 Learning. Parameter learning

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