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 Authors : Rishit Puri , Kavya Shruti
 Paper ID : IJERTV12IS030025
 Volume & Issue : Volume 12, Issue 03 (March 2023)
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Image Fusion using Deep Learning and Traditional Methods
Rishit Puri Kavya Shruthi
Dept of Electronics and Communication Engineering Dept of Electronics and Communication Engineering SRM Institute of Science and Technology SRM Institute of Science and Technology
SRM University, Kattankulathur SRM University, Kattankulathur Chennai, India Chennai, India
Abstract: This paper is a survey paper based on the topic of image fusion using deep learning. The paper talks about the traditional image fusion and image decomposition methods along with deep learning methods for image decomposition. Image fusion aims at obtaining fused image keeping the advantage of source images. Traditional image decomposition includes methods such as multi scale decomposition, two scale decomposition etc. Traditional image fusion techniques include DWT, DCT, Top Hat etc.
KeywordsImage fusion, image decomposition, Deep Learning, infrared image, visible image.

INTRODUCTION
Image fusion is an important task in image processing. It aims to extract important features from images of multimodal sources and reconstruct the fused image using the complementary information conveyed by the multiple pictures by means of a fusion strategy. Image fusion has numerous applications such as autonomous driving, medical imaging, defogging, security surveillance etc.
At present there are two types of image decomposition available which are traditional methods and the deep learning methods. Few of the traditional methods are multiscale decomposition, two scale decomposition etc. In this paper multiscale and two scale decomposition is explained briefly and in the later part Deep learning technique is explained.

MultiScale Decomposition
During the image fusion process, an image is typically decomposed into its detail and background layers using a technique called multiscale decomposition. This involves applying a series of lowpass and highpass filters to the image at different scales, which separates the lowfrequency background information from the highfrequency detail information. The filtered images are then recombined to form the fused image, which preserves both the background and detail information from the original image. The specific method for image decomposition can vary depending on the application and desired outcome.

TwoScale Decomposition
Twoscale decomposition is a method used to decompose an image into two layers: a coarse approximation of the image and a detail layer that contains the highfrequency information. The decomposition is done in two scales, hence the name two scale decomposition.
The decomposition process typically begins by applying a low pass filter to the image, which is used to create the coarse approximation layer. This layer contains the lowfrequency information and serves as a rough representation of the image. Next, the difference between the original image and the coarse approximation layer is computed, which results in the detail layer. This layer contains the highfrequency information and represents the fine details of the image.
The twoscale decomposition can be done using various techniques, such as wavelet transform, curvelet transform and contourlet transform.
Twoscale decomposition is useful in image processing and computer vision applications, such as image compression, enhancement, and fusion. The twoscale decomposition can be used as a preprocessing step for image fusion, where a fused image can be created by combining the coarse approximation and detail layers from multiple images.


LITERATURE SURVEY
One mathematical equation often used in multiscale decomposition is the wavelet transform. The wavelet transform decomposes a signal into different frequency components, represented by a set of coefficients. The general equation for the discrete wavelet transforms (DWT) of a signal x(n) is as follows:
x(n) = h(k)y(nk) + g(k)w(nk)
where h(k) and g(k) are the wavelet and scaling functions respectively, y(n) and w(n) are the approximation and detail coefficients at different levels of decomposition.
Another common equation used in multiscale decomposition is the Laplacian Pyramid, which is a technique that recursively applies a lowpass filter to an image and then subtracts the filtered image from the original image to obtain a set of detail images at different scales. The general equation for the Laplacian Pyramid is:
L(i,j) = G(i,j) – Expand[G(i,j)]
where G(i,j) is the filtered image at a certain scale, L(i,j) is the Laplacian pyramid at that scale and Expand is the operation of upsampling and applying a low pass filter to an image. Both DWT and Laplacian pyramid are widely used in image processing for multiscale decomposition.
One popular approach for image decomposition using deep learning is using Variational Autoencoders (VAEs). VAEs consist of an encoder network that maps the input image to a lowdimensional latent space, and a decoder network that maps the latent space back to the original image space. The
encoder and decoder networks are trained jointly to reconstruct the input image. By considering the lowest level of the encoder as a bottleneck, the VAE can force the encoder to learn the most salient features of the image, which can be used for image decomposition.
Another approach is using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) which consist of two networks, a generator network and a discriminator network. The generator network generates new images from a random noise, while the discriminator network is trained to differentiate between real and generated images. By training the generator network to generate images similar to the input image, the generator can learn to decompose the input image into its constituent parts, such as texture, shape, and color. In summary, deep learningbased
image decomposition methods use neural networks to decompose an image into its constituent parts or features, this can be done using various architectures such as autoencoders or generative models like VAEs and GANs.
This paper proposes a novel autoencoder (AE) based fusion network. The core idea is that the encoder decomposes an image into background and detail feature maps with low and highfrequency information, respectively, and that the decoder recovers the original image. To this end, the loss function makes the background/detail feature maps of source images similar/dissimilar. In the test phase, background and detail feature maps are respectively merged via a fusion module, and the fused image is recovered by the decoder.
Image decomposition using autoencoders and neural networks involves training a neural network, called an autoencoder, to decompose an input image into its constituent parts or features. The autoencoder is trained to reconstruct the input image from its decomposed parts, and during the training process, it learns to extract the important features of the image that are necessary for reconstruction. The architecture of an autoencoder typically consists of an encoder and a decoder. The encoder is a neural network that maps the input image to a lower dimensional feature space, called the bottleneck or latent space. The decoder is another neural network that maps the
feature space back to the original image space. The encoder and decoder are trained together to reconstruct the input image as accurately as possible.
During the training process, the autoencoder is presented with a set of images and it tries to learn a mapping between the input image and it corresponding output image. The output image is obtained by passing the input image through the encoder and then through the decoder. The autoencoder learns to minimize the difference between the input image and the output image, and this forces the encoder to learn the most salient features of the image that are necessary for reconstruction. After training, the encoder can be used to decompose an input image into its constituent parts or features by passing it through the encoder and getting the feature space. The feature space can be
visualized as a set of feature maps, each representing a different aspect of the image, such as texture, shape, and color. These feature maps can be further used for various image processing tasks, such as image classification, segmentation, and generation. In summary, autoencoders are neural networks trained to reconstruct an input image, as a result of this process, the encoder learns to extract the most salient features of the image, which can be used for image decomposition.
The mathematical formula involved in image decomposition using autoencoders is based on the principles of neural networks and optimization. The goal of an autoencoder is to learn a mapping between the input image and its corresponding output image, while also learning a compressed representation of the image in the bottleneck or latent space.
The basic formula for an autoencoder can be written as: x' = f(W_enc * f(W_dec * z))
Where x is the input image, x' is the output image, z is the bottleneck or latent space, W_enc and W_dec are the weights of the encoder and decoder networks respectively, and f( ) is the activation function.
The autoencoder is trained to minimize the difference between the input image and the output image, which is often measured using a loss function such as mean squared error (MSE) or binary crossentropy (BCE). The loss function is used to
evaluate the quality of the reconstruction and to guide the optimization process.
The optimization process is often done using an optimization algorithm such as stochastic gradient descent (SGD) or Adam, which updates the weights of the network to minimize the loss function.
In summary, the mathematical formula involved in image decomposition using autoencoders is based on the principles of neural networks and optimization, where the goal is to learn a mapping between the input image and its corresponding output image while also learning a compressed representation of the image in the bottleneck or latent space. The optimization process is done by minimizing the difference between the input and output images using a loss function and an optimization algorithm.
Loss Function
In the training phase, we aim to obtain an encoder that performs twoscale decomposition on the source images, and at the same time, acquire a decoder that can fuse the images and preserve the information of source images well.
Image decomposition.
Background feature maps are used to extract the common features of source images, while detail feature maps are used to capture the distinct characteristics from infrared and visible images. Therefore, we should make the gap of background feature maps small. In contrast, the gap of detail feature maps should be great. To this end, the loss function of image decomposition is dened as follow,
where BV, DV are the background and detail feature maps of the visible image V, and BI, DI are those of the infrared image
I. (Â·) is tanh function that is used to bound gap into interval (1, 1).
Fusion Techniques
Image fusion using the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) is a process that combines multiple images into a single image by extracting features from each source image and then combining them in a way that preserves important information while reducing redundancy. The general process can be broken down into the following steps:

Transform the source images into the frequency domain using the DWT. This decomposes the images into different frequency bands, such as lowfrequency and highfrequency bands, which represent the coarse and fine details of the image, respectively.

Extract the features from each source image by selecting the most important frequency bands. This can be done using various selection criteria, such as energy, variance, or entropy.

Combine the selected features from each source image to form a single fused image. This can be done using various fusion rules, such as averaging, maximum, or principal component analysis (PCA).

Transform the fused image back into the spatial domain using the inverse DWT (IDWT) to obtain the final fused image.
The specific details of the process, such as the type of wavelet function, the level of decomposition, and the fusion rule,
can vary depending on the application and the desired outcome. However, the key idea behind image fusion using DWT is to extract the most important features from each source image and then combine them in a way that preserves important information while reducing redundancy.
The DWT of an image x(n) is computed by convolving the image with a set of wavelet functions, h(k) and g(k) , which are also called the analysis and synthesis functions, respectively. The general equation for the DWT is as follows: x(n) = h(k)y(nk) + g(k)w(nk)
where y(n) and w(n) are the approximation and detail coefficients at different levels of decomposition. The inverse discrete wavelet transform (IDWT) is used to reconstruct the image from the wavelet coefficients. The IDWT is the reverse process of the DWT, and it can be used to obtain the final fused image from the wavelet coefficients. The general equation for the IDWT is:
x(n) = h(k)y(nk) + g(k)w(nk)
DCT
The mathematical formula involved in image fusion using the discrete cosine transform (DCT) is based on the principles of linear algebra, signal processing, and the DCT. The DCT is a mathematical technique used to decompose a signal into a sum of cosine functions of different frequencies. The Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) of an image x(n) is computed by applying the DCT to each block of pixels in the image. The DCT of a block of pixels is represented by a matrix C, where each element c(u,v) is given by the following formula:
c(u,v) = (u) * (v) * m=0^(N1) n=0^(N1) x(m,n) *
cos((2m+1)u/(2N)) * cos((2n+1)v/(2N))
Where x(m,n) is the value of the pixel at position (m,n) in the block, N is the size of the block, and (u) and (v) are normalization factors.
After the DCT is applied to each block of the image, it results in a set of frequency coefficients, where each coefficient represents a different spatial frequency component of the image. These coefficients can be used to extract the most important features from each source image, then they can be combined to form a single fused image using various fusion rules, such as averaging, maximum, or principal component analysis (PCA). The final fused image can be obtained by applying the inverse DCT (IDCT) to the fused coefficients.
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