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A MAP Estimator for Simultaneous Superresolution and Detector Nonunifomity Correction

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20072007:089354

  • Received: 31 August 2006
  • Accepted: 9 April 2007
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During digital video acquisition, imagery may be degraded by a number of phenomena including undersampling, blur, and noise. Many systems, particularly those containing infrared focal plane array (FPA) sensors, are also subject to detector nonuniformity. Nonuniformity, or fixed pattern noise, results from nonuniform responsivity of the photodetectors that make up the FPA. Here we propose a maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimation framework for simultaneously addressing undersampling, linear blur, additive noise, and bias nonuniformity. In particular, we jointly estimate a superresolution (SR) image and detector bias nonuniformity parameters from a sequence of observed frames. This algorithm can be applied to video in a variety of ways including using a moving temporal window of frames to process successive groups of frames. By combining SR and nonuniformity correction (NUC) in this fashion, we demonstrate that superior results are possible compared with the more conventional approach of performing scene-based NUC followed by independent SR. The proposed MAP algorithm can be applied with or without SR, depending on the application and computational resources available. Even without SR, we believe that the proposed algorithm represents a novel and promising scene-based NUC technique. We present a number of experimental results to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed algorithm. These include simulated imagery for quantitative analysis and real infrared video for qualitative analysis.


  • Undersampling
  • Focal Plane Array
  • Fixed Pattern
  • Pattern Noise
  • Estimation Framework

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-0226, USA
L-3 Communications Cincinnati Electronics, 7500 Innovation Way, Mason, OH 45040, USA


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