Learning a Single Convolutional Super-Resolution Network for Multiple Degradations

Kai Zhang, Wangmeng Zuo, Lei Zhang; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2018, pp. 3262-3271

Abstract


Recent years have witnessed the unprecedented success of deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) in single image super-resolution (SISR). However, existing CNN-based SISR methods mostly assume that a low-resolution (LR) image is bicubicly downsampled from a high-resolution (HR) image, thus inevitably giving rise to poor performance when the true degradation does not follow this assumption. Moreover, they lack scalability in learning a single model to non-blindly deal with multiple degradations. To address these issues, we propose a general framework with dimensionality stretching strategy that enables a single convolutional super-resolution network to take two key factors of the SISR degradation process, i.e., blur kernel and noise level, as input. Consequently, the super-resolver can handle multiple and even spatially variant degradations, which significantly improves the practicability. Extensive experimental results on synthetic and real LR images show that the proposed convolutional super-resolution network not only can produce favorable results on multiple degradations but also is computationally efficient, providing a highly effective and scalable solution to practical SISR applications.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Zhang_2018_CVPR,
author = {Zhang, Kai and Zuo, Wangmeng and Zhang, Lei},
title = {Learning a Single Convolutional Super-Resolution Network for Multiple Degradations},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2018}
}