Single Image Super Resolution - When Model Adaptation Matters

Yudong Liang, Radu Timofte, Jinjun Wang, Yihong Gong, Nanning Zheng

In the recent years impressive advances were made for single image super-resolution. Deep learning is behind a big part of this success. Deep(er) architecture design and external priors modeling are the key ingredients. The internal contents of the low resolution input image is neglected with deep modeling despite the earlier works showing the power of using such internal priors. In this paper we propose a novel deep convolutional neural network carefully designed for robustness and efficiency at both learning and testing. Moreover, we propose a couple of model adaptation strategies to the internal contents of the low resolution input image and analyze their strong points and weaknesses. By trading runtime and using internal priors we achieve 0.1 up to 0.3dB PSNR improvements over best reported results on standard datasets. Our adaptation especially favors images with repetitive structures or under large resolutions. Moreover, it can be combined with other simple techniques, such as back-projection or enhanced prediction, for further improvements.

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