Image Super-Resolution Using Very Deep Residual Channel Attention Networks

Yulun Zhang, Kunpeng Li, Kai Li, Lichen Wang, Bineng Zhong, Yun Fu; The European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 286-301


Convolutional neural network (CNN) depth is of crucial importance for image super-resolution (SR). However, we observe that deeper networks for image SR are more difficult to train. The low-resolution (LR) inputs and features contain abundant low-frequency information, which is treated equally across channels, hence hindering the representational ability of CNNs. To solve these problems, we propose the very deep residual channel attention networks (RCAN). Specifically, we propose residual in residual (RIR) structure to form very deep network, which consists of several residual groups with long skip connections. Each residual group contains some residual blocks with short skip connections. Meanwhile, RIR allows abundant low-frequency information to be bypassed through multiple skip connections, making the main network focus on learning high-frequency information. Furthermore, we propose channel attention mechanism to adaptively rescale channel-wise features by considering interdependencies among channels. Extensive experiments show that our RCAN achieves better accuracy and visual improvements against state-of-the-art methods.

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author = {Zhang, Yulun and Li, Kunpeng and Li, Kai and Wang, Lichen and Zhong, Bineng and Fu, Yun},
title = {Image Super-Resolution Using Very Deep Residual Channel Attention Networks},
booktitle = {The European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}