Volume E98.A (2015) Issue 11 Pages 2360-2365
This letter proposes an image fusion method which adopts a union of multiple directional lapped orthogonal transforms (DirLOTs). DirLOTs are used to generate symmetric orthogonal discrete wavelet transforms and then to construct a union of unitary transforms as a redundant dictionary with a multiple directional property. The multiple DirLOTs can overcome a disadvantage of separable wavelets to represent images which contain slant textures and edges. We analyse the characteristic of local luminance contrast, and propose a fusion rule based on interscale relation of wavelet coefficients. Relying on the above, a novel image fusion method is proposed. Some experimental results show that the proposed method is able to significantly improve the fusion performance from those with the conventional discrete wavelet transforms.