Learning deep CNN denoiser prior for image restoration

Kai Zhang, Wangmeng Zuo, Shuhang Gu, Lei Zhang

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Abstract

Model-based optimization methods and discriminative learning methods have been the two dominant strategies for solving various inverse problems in low-level vision. Typically, those two kinds of methods have their respective merits and drawbacks, e.g., model-based optimization methods are flexible for handling different inverse problems but are usually time-consuming with sophisticated priors for the purpose of good performance; in the meanwhile, discriminative learning methods have fast testing speed but their application range is greatly restricted by the specialized task. Recent works have revealed that, with the aid of variable splitting techniques, denoiser prior can be plugged in as a modular part of model-based optimization methods to solve other inverse problems (e.g., deblurring). Such an integration induces considerable advantage when the denoiser is obtained via discriminative learning. However, the study of integration with fast discriminative denoiser prior is still lacking. To this end, this paper aims to train a set of fast and effective CNN (convolutional neural network) denoisers and integrate them into model-based optimization method to solve other inverse problems. Experimental results demonstrate that the learned set of denoisers can not only achieve promising Gaussian denoising results but also can be used as prior to deliver good performance for various low-level vision applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 30th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2808-2817
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538604571
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2017
Event30th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201726 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 30th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017
Volume2017-January

Conference

Conference30th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period21/07/1726/07/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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