Self-Guided Network for Fast Image Denoising

Shuhang Gu, Yawei Li, Luc Van Gool, Radu Timofte; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 2511-2520


During the past years, tremendous advances in image restoration tasks have been achieved using highly complex neural networks. Despite their good restoration performance, the heavy computational burden hinders the deployment of these networks on constrained devices, e.g. smart phones and consumer electronic products. To tackle this problem, we propose a self-guided network (SGN), which adopts a top-down self-guidance architecture to better exploit image multi-scale information. SGN directly generates multi-resolution inputs with the shuffling operation. Large-scale contextual information extracted at low resolution is gradually propagated into the higher resolution sub-networks to guide the feature extraction processes at these scales. Such a self-guidance strategy enables SGN to efficiently incorporate multi-scale information and extract good local features to recover noisy images. We validate the effectiveness of SGN through extensive experiments. The experimental results demonstrate that SGN greatly improves the memory and runtime efficiency over state-of-the-art efficient methods, without trading off PSNR accuracy.

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author = {Gu, Shuhang and Li, Yawei and Gool, Luc Van and Timofte, Radu},
title = {Self-Guided Network for Fast Image Denoising},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}