Gated Fusion Network for Degraded Image Super Resolution

03/02/2020 ∙ by Xinyi Zhang, et al. ∙ 6

Single image super resolution aims to enhance image quality with respect to spatial content, which is a fundamental task in computer vision. In this work, we address the task of single frame super resolution with the presence of image degradation, e.g., blur, haze, or rain streaks. Due to the limitations of frame capturing and formation processes, image degradation is inevitable, and the artifacts would be exacerbated by super resolution methods. To address this problem, we propose a dual-branch convolutional neural network to extract base features and recovered features separately. The base features contain local and global information of the input image. On the other hand, the recovered features focus on the degraded regions and are used to remove the degradation. Those features are then fused through a recursive gate module to obtain sharp features for super resolution. By decomposing the feature extraction step into two task-independent streams, the dual-branch model can facilitate the training process by avoiding learning the mixed degradation all-in-one and thus enhance the final high-resolution prediction results. We evaluate the proposed method in three degradation scenarios. Experiments on these scenarios demonstrate that the proposed method performs more efficiently and favorably against the state-of-the-art approaches on benchmark datasets.

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