T. Preußer and M. Rumpf.
An adaptive finite element method for large scale image processing.
Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation,
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Nonlinear diffusion methods have proved to be powerful methods in the processing of 2D and 3D images. They allow a denoising and smoothing of image intensities while retaining and enhancing edges. As time evolves in the corresponding process, a scale of successively coarser image details is generated. Certain features, however, remain highly resolved and sharp. On the other hand, compression is an important topic in image processing as well. Here a method is presented which combines the two aspects in an efficient way. It is based on a semi-implicit Finite Element implementation of nonlinear diffusion. Error indicators guide a successive coarsening process. This leads to locally coarse grids in areas of resulting smooth image intensity, while enhanced edges are still resolved on fine grid levels. Special emphasis has been put on algorithmical aspects such as storage requirements and efficiency. Furthermore, a new nonlinear anisotropic diffusion method for vector field visualization is presented.