Radosław Mantiuk

West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland

Gaze-dependent tone mapping

West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland


Images viewed by an observer adapted to different areas of the scene indicated by the white crosses. In the left image the adaptation luminance is close to 1790 cd/m2, in the right to 5 cd/m2.

The project was partially funded by the Polish National Science Center (grant number DEC-2013/09/B/ST6/02270).


In this paper we model the process of temporal adaptation of the human visual system to varying luminance conditions. An eye tracker is used to capture the location of an observer’s gaze in a high dynamic range image displayed on the screen. We apply a novel technique of eye tracker data filtering to avoid flickering caused by incorrect gaze estimation. Temporary adaptation luminance is then determined in the area surrounding the gaze point. We use its value to compress the high dynamic range image and display it on the low dynamic range display. The applied tone mapping technique uses a global compression curve in which location is shifted along the luminance axis according to a value of the adaptation luminance. This technique models the natural process of adaptation occurring in the human eyes, also taking into account the time-dependent visual adaptation to dark and bright backgrounds.


Radosław Mantiuk, Gaze-Dependent Tone Mapping for HDR Video. Chapter 10 in High Dynamic Range Video (1st Edition) Concepts, Technologies and Applications. Editors: Alan Chalmers Patrizio Campisi Peter Shirley Igor Olaizola, eBook ISBN: 9780081010389, hardcover ISBN: 9780128094778. Imprint: Academic Press. Published Date: 1st December 2016. Pages 189-199 (doi)

  author      = "Radosław Mantiuk",
  title       = "Gaze-Dependent Tone Mapping for HDR Video",
  editor      = "Alan Chalmers and Patrizio Campisi and Peter Shirley and Igor Olaizola",
  booktitle   = "High Dynamic Range Video Concepts, Technologies and Applications",
  publisher   = "Academic Press",
  year        = 2016,
  pages       = "189-199",
  chapter     = 10

Radosław Mantiuk, Mateusz Markowski. Gaze-dependent tone mapping. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Proc. of ICIAR 2013 conference), Vol. 7950, 2013, pp. 426-433 (pdf).

author = {Rados{\l}aw Mantiuk and  Mateusz Markowski}, 
title = {Gaze-dependent Tone Mapping}, 
journal = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Proc. of ICIAR'13 Conference)}, 
publisher = {Springer},
year = {2013},
volume = {7950},
pages = {426--433}