Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Content-Specific Image Enhancement

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Summary of the technology

Content-Specific Image Enhancement
Project ID : 10-2011-2707

Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University
Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University
Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Description of the technology

Automatically enhances parts of image according to context


Computer Science & EngineeringImaging / Computer Graphics

Development Stage

Research complete

Patent Status

Patent application filed in the United States


  • Digital images captured by non-professional photographers requires effective automatic photo enhancement.
  • Most current systems manipulate tone and color over the whole image without understanding and accounting for the content of the image.

Our Innovation

Photo enhancement method that automatically improves the quality of specific image elements such as the sky, human faces, and underexposed salient regions by intelligently taking into account local and global semantics.

Figure 1: Comparison of original on left and results of new method on right

Figure 2: Input images (first left) are compared with our results (second), Photoshop Elements (third), Microsoft Office Picture Manager (fourth) and Google’s Picasa (fifth)

Key Features

  • Intelligently combines a variety of local tone mapping and color correction operations while taking into account image content.
  • Using existing robust detectors of sky and people, image areas containing human faces, skin, blue sky and clouds, as well as salient underexposed parts of the scene are subjected to customized enhancement operators.
  • Consistently significantly improves the majority of images
  • Outperforms the automatic enhancement operators available in several popular products

Development Milestones

  • Seeking cooperation for licensing and commercialization

The Opportunity

  • Currently, 30 billion images a year are uploaded to Facebook
  • Automatic photograph enhancement tools are included in such popular commercial software packages as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office Picture Manager, Google Picasa, and others.

Project manager

Eitan Dekel
VP Business Development - Computer Science

Project researchers

Daniel Lischinski
HUJI, School of Computer Science and Engineering
CS - Computer Vision

Additional information (attached documents)

Related keywords

  • Information Processing, Information System, Workflow Management
  • IT and Telematics Applications
  • Multimedia
  • Computers
  • Computer Graphics Related
  • Specialised Turnkey Systems
  • Scanning Related
  • Peripherals
  • Computer Services
  • Computer Software Market
  • Other Computer Related
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Image Enhancement

About Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Technology Transfer Office from Israel

Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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