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Method for applying daytime colors to nighttime imagery in realtime
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Paper Abstract

We present a fast and efficient method to derive and apply natural colors to nighttime imagery from multiband sensors. The color mapping is derived from the combination of a multiband image and a corresponding natural color reference image. The mapping optimizes the match between the multiband image and the reference image, and yields a nightvision image with colors similar to that of the daytime image. The mapping procedure is simple and fast. Once it has been derived the color mapping can be deployed in realtime. Different color schemes can be used tailored to the environment and the application. The expectation is that by displaying nighttime imagery in natural colors human observers will be able to interpret the imagery better and faster, thereby improving situational awareness and reducing reaction times.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6974, Multisensor, Multisource Information Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications 2008, 697403 (17 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776648
Show Author Affiliations
Maarten A. Hogervorst, TNO Human Factors (Netherlands)
Alexander Toet, TNO Human Factors (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6974:
Multisensor, Multisource Information Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications 2008
Belur V. Dasarathy, Editor(s)

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