GUN: Gradual Upsampling Network for single image super-resolution

03/13/2017 ∙ by Yang Zhao, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper, we propose an efficient super-resolution (SR) method based on deep convolutional neural network (CNN), namely gradual upsampling network (GUN). Recent CNN based SR methods either preliminarily magnify the low resolution (LR) input to high resolution (HR) and then reconstruct the HR input, or directly reconstruct the LR input and then recover the HR result at the last layer. The proposed GUN utilizes a gradual process instead of these two kinds of frameworks. The GUN consists of an input layer, multistep upsampling and convolutional layers, and an output layer. By means of the gradual process, the proposed network can simplify the difficult direct SR problem to multistep easier upsampling tasks with very small magnification factor in each step. Furthermore, a gradual training strategy is presented for the GUN. In the proposed training process, an initial network can be easily trained with edge-like samples, and then the weights are gradually tuned with more complex samples. The GUN can recover fine and vivid results, and is easy to be trained. The experimental results on several image sets demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed network.

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