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IJCEE 2012 Vol.4(3): 350-354 ISSN: 1793-8163
DOI: 10.7763/IJCEE.2012.V4.510

Fourth-order Gauss Curvature Driven Diffusion for Image Denoising

P. Jidesh and Santhosh George

Abstract—Second-order curvature driven diffusion methods such as mean curvature driven diffusion and Gauss curvature driven diffusion were introduced in the literature for image denoising. However, the second-order Partial Differential Equations modify smooth areas in images into piece-wise constant areas resulting in a staircase effect. Moreover, important information present in images such as textures is often lost in the course of evolution. In this paper, we propose a fourth-order diffusion equation, which uses a function of Gauss curvature as the conductance term to control the magnitude of diffusion. The fourth-order PDE helps to preserve the planar approximation by approximating the observed image with a piecewise planar image. This provides a more natural look to the filtered image. The Gauss curvature based conductance term preserves curvy edges, ramps and corners, with non-zero curvature value. The visual and quantitative results of the method are presented and compared with some of the existing PDE based denoising methods.

Index Terms—Fourth-order PDE, gauss curvature, denoising, edge preserving.

The authors are with National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, and Mangalore, INDIA-575025 (e-mail: jidesh@nitk.ac.in, sgeorge@nitk.ac.in).

Cite: P. Jidesh and Santhosh George, "Fourth-order Gauss Curvature Driven Diffusion for Image Denoising," International Journal of Computer and Electrical Engineering vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 350-354, 2012.

General Information

ISSN: 1793-8163 (Print)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Comput. Electr. Eng.
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Yucong Duan
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E-mail: ijcee@iap.org

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