Learning a Dilated Residual Network for SAR Image Despeckling

09/09/2017
by   Qiang Zhang, et al.
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In this letter, to break the limit of the traditional linear models for SAR image despeckling, we propose a novel deep learning approach by learning a non-linear end-to-end mapping between the noisy and clean SAR images with a dilated residual network (SAR-DRN). SAR-DRN is based on dilated convolutions, which can both enlarge the receptive field and maintain the filter size and layer depth with a lightweight structure. In addition, skip connections are added to the despeckling model to reduce the vanishing gradient problem. Compared with the traditional despeckling methods, the proposed method shows superior performance over the state-of-the-art methods on both quantitative and visual assessments, especially for strong speckle noise.

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SAR-DRN

Learning a Dilated Residual Network for SAR Image Despeckling. http://arxiv.org/abs/1709.02898


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