Image fusion based on median filters and SOFM neural networks: a three-step scheme
Zhang, Z.-L., Sun, S.-H. and Zheng, F.-C. (2001) Image fusion based on median filters and SOFM neural networks: a three-step scheme. Signal Processing, 81 (6). pp. 1325-1330. ISSN 0165-1684
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This paper presents a new image data fusion scheme by combining median filtering with self-organizing feature map (SOFM) neural networks. The scheme consists of three steps: (1) pre-processing of the images, where weighted median filtering removes part of the noise components corrupting the image, (2) pixel clustering for each image using self-organizing feature map neural networks, and (3) fusion of the images obtained in Step (2), which suppresses the residual noise components and thus further improves the image quality. It proves that such a three-step combination offers an impressive effectiveness and performance improvement, which is confirmed by simulations involving three image sensors (each of which has a different noise structure).