OverNet: Lightweight Multi-Scale Super-Resolution With Overscaling Network

Parichehr Behjati, Pau Rodriguez, Armin Mehri, Isabelle Hupont, Carles Fernandez Tena, Jordi Gonzalez; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2021, pp. 2694-2703


Super-resolution (SR) has achieved great success due to the development of deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs). However, as the depth and width of the networks increase, CNN-based SR methods have been faced with the challenge of computational complexity in practice. Moreover, most SR methods train a dedicated model for each target resolution, losing generality and increasing memory requirements. To address these limitations we introduce OverNet, a deep but lightweight convolutional network to solve SISR at arbitrary scale factors with a single model. We make the following contributions: first, we introduce a lightweight feature extractor that enforces efficient reuse of information through a novel recursive structure of skip and dense connections. Second, to maximize the performance of the feature extractor, we propose a model agnostic reconstruction module that generates accurate high-resolution images from overscaled feature maps obtained from any SR architecture. Third, we introduce a multi-scale loss function to achieve generalization across scales. Experiments show that our proposal outperforms previous state-of-the-art approaches in standard benchmarks, while maintaining relatively low computation and memory requirements.

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@InProceedings{Behjati_2021_WACV, author = {Behjati, Parichehr and Rodriguez, Pau and Mehri, Armin and Hupont, Isabelle and Tena, Carles Fernandez and Gonzalez, Jordi}, title = {OverNet: Lightweight Multi-Scale Super-Resolution With Overscaling Network}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2021}, pages = {2694-2703} }