Structure-Preserving Image Super-resolution via Contextualized Multi-task Learning

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Authors Yukai Shi, Keze Wang, Chongyu Chen, Li Xu and Liang Lin
Journal/Conference Name IEEE Transactions on Mulitmedia
Paper Category
Paper Abstract Single image super resolution (SR), which refers to reconstruct a higher-resolution (HR) image from the observed low-resolution (LR) image, has received substantial attention due to its tremendous application potentials. Despite the breakthroughs of recently proposed SR methods using convolutional neural networks (CNNs), their generated results usually lack of preserving structural (high-frequency) details. In this paper, regarding global boundary context and residual context as complimentary information for enhancing structural details in image restoration, we develop a contextualized multi-task learning framework to address the SR problem. Specifically, our method first extracts convolutional features from the input LR image and applies one deconvolutional module to interpolate the LR feature maps in a content-adaptive way. Then, the resulting feature maps are fed into two branched sub-networks. During the neural network training, one sub-network outputs salient image boundaries and the HR image, and the other sub-network outputs the local residual map, i.e., the residual difference between the generated HR image and ground-truth image. On several standard benchmarks (i.e., Set5, Set14 and BSD200), our extensive evaluations demonstrate the effectiveness of our SR method on achieving both higher restoration quality and computational efficiency compared with several state-of-the-art SR approaches.
Date of publication 2017
Code Programming Language Pytorch

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