Lensless Imaging with Focusing Sparse URA Masks in Long-Wave Infrared and its Application for Human Detection
We introduce a lensless imaging framework for contemporary computer vision applications in long-wavelength infrared (LWIR). The framework consists of two parts: a novel lensless imaging method that utilizes the idea of local directional focusing for optimal binary sparse coding, and lensless imaging simulator based on Fresnel-Kirchhoff diffraction approximation. Our lensless imaging approach, besides being computationally efficient, is calibration-free and allows for wide FOV imaging. We employ our lensless imaging simulation software for optimizing reconstruction parameters and for synthetic images generation for CNN training. We demonstrate the advantages of our framework on a dual-camera system (RGB-LWIR lensless), where we perform CNN-based human detection using the fused RGB-LWIR data."