Densely Connected Hierarchical Network for Image Denoising

Bumjun Park, Songhyun Yu, Jechang Jeong; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops, 2019, pp. 0-0


Recently, deep convolutional neural networks have been applied in numerous image processing researches and have exhibited drastically improved performances. In this study, we introduce a densely connected hierarchical image denoising network (DHDN), which exceeds the performances of state-of-the-art image denoising solutions. Our proposed network improves the image denoising performance by applying the hierarchical architecture of the modified U-Net; this makes our network to use a larger number of parameters than other methods. In addition, we induce feature reuse and solve the vanishing-gradient problem by applying dense connectivity and residual learning to our convolution blocks and network. Finally, we successfully apply the model ensemble and self-ensemble methods; this enable us to improve the performance of the proposed network. The performance of the proposed network is validated by winning the second place in the NTRIE 2019 real image denoising challenge sRGB track and the third place in the raw-RGB track. Additional experimental results on additive white Gaussian noise removal also establishes that the proposed network outperforms conventional methods; this is notwithstanding the fact that the proposed network handles a wide range of noise levels with a single set of trained parameters.

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author = {Park, Bumjun and Yu, Songhyun and Jeong, Jechang},
title = {Densely Connected Hierarchical Network for Image Denoising},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops},
month = {June},
year = {2019}