RUNet: A Robust UNet Architecture for Image Super-Resolution

TitleRUNet: A Robust UNet Architecture for Image Super-Resolution
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHu, X., M. A. Naiel, A. Wong, M. Lamm, and P. Fieguth
Conference NameComputer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshop

Single image super-resolution (SISR) is a challenging ill-posed problem which aims to restore or infer a high-resolution image from a low-resolution one. Powerful deep learning-based techniques have achieved state-of-the-art performance in SISR; however, they can underperform when handling images with non-stationary degradations, such as for the application of projector resolution enhancement. In this paper, a new UNet architecture that is able to learn the relationship between a set of degraded low-resolution images and their corresponding original high-resolution images is proposed. We propose employing a degradation model on train images in a non-stationary way, allowing the construction of a robust UNet (RUNet) for image super-resolution (SR). Experimental results show that the proposed RUNet improves the visual quality of the obtained super-resolution images while maintaining a low reconstruction error.

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