Deep Boosting for Image Denoising

Chang Chen, Zhiwei Xiong, Xinmei Tian, Feng Wu; Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 3-18


Boosting is a classic algorithm which has been successfully applied to diverse computer vision tasks. In the scenario of image denoising, however, the existing boosting algorithms are surpassed by the emerging learning-based models. In this paper, we propose a novel deep boosting framework (DBF) for denoising, which integrates several convolutional networks in a feed-forward fashion. Along with the integrated networks, however, the depth of the boosting framework is substantially increased, which brings difficulty to training. To solve this problem, we introduce the concept of dense connection that overcomes the vanishing of gradients during training. Furthermore, we propose a path-widening fusion scheme cooperated with the dilated convolution to derive a lightweight yet efficient convolutional network as the boosting unit, named Dilated Dense Fusion Network (DDFN). Comprehensive experiments demonstrate that our DBF outperforms existing methods on widely used benchmarks, in terms of different denoising tasks.

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author = {Chen, Chang and Xiong, Zhiwei and Tian, Xinmei and Wu, Feng},
title = {Deep Boosting for Image Denoising},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}