Proc. Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, Nov. 8-11, 2015, Pacific Grove, CA USA.

No-reference Synthetic Image Quality Assessment using Scene Statistics

Debarati Kundu and Brian L. Evans

Embedded Signal Processing Laboratory, Wireless Networking and Communications Group, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 USA -

Paper Draft - Slides - Table I: Correlation Scores - ESPL Synthetic Image Database


Measuring visual quality, as perceived by human observers, is becoming increasingly important in many applications where humans are the ultimate consumers of visual information. Significant progress has been made for assessing the subjective quality of natural images, such as those taken by optical cameras. Natural Scene Statistics (NSS) is an important tool for no-reference visual quality assessment of natural images, where the reference image is not needed for comparison. In this paper, we take an important step towards using NSS to automate visual quality assessment of photorealistic synthetic scenes typically found in video games and animated movies. Our primary contributions are
  1. conducting subjective tests on our publicly available ESPL Synthetic Image Database containing 500 distorted images (20 distorted images for each of the 25 original images) in 1920 x 1080 format, and
  2. evaluating the performance of 17 no-reference image quality assessment (IQA) algorithms using synthetic scene statistics.
We find that similar to natural scenes, synthetic scene statistics can be successfully used for IQA and certain statistical features are good for certain image distortions

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