Models, code, and papers for "Qingmin Liao":

Optical Flow Super-Resolution Based on Image Guidence Using Convolutional Neural Network

Sep 03, 2018
Liping Zhang, Zongqing Lu, Qingmin Liao

The convolutional neural network model for optical flow estimation usually outputs a low-resolution(LR) optical flow field. To obtain the corresponding full image resolution,interpolation and variational approach are the most common options, which do not effectively improve the results. With the motivation of various convolutional neural network(CNN) structures succeeded in single image super-resolution(SISR) task, an end-to-end convolutional neural network is proposed to reconstruct the high resolution(HR) optical flow field from initial LR optical flow with the guidence of the first frame used in optical flow estimation. Our optical flow super-resolution(OFSR) problem differs from the general SISR problem in two main aspects. Firstly, the optical flow includes less texture information than image so that the SISR CNN structures can't be directly used in our OFSR problem. Secondly, the initial LR optical flow data contains estimation error, while the LR image data for SISR is generally a bicubic downsampled, blurred, and noisy version of HR ground truth. We evaluate the proposed approach on two different optical flow estimation mehods and show that it can not only obtain the full image resolution, but generate more accurate optical flow field (Accuracy improve 15% on FlyingChairs, 13% on MPI Sintel) with sharper edges than the estimation result of original method.

* 20 pages,7 figures 

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Boundary Aware Multi-Focus Image Fusion Using Deep Neural Network

Mar 30, 2019
Haoyu Ma, Juncheng Zhang, Shaojun Liu, Qingmin Liao

Since it is usually difficult to capture an all-in-focus image of a 3D scene directly, various multi-focus image fusion methods are employed to generate it from several images focusing at different depths. However, the performance of existing methods is barely satisfactory and often degrades for areas near the focused/defocused boundary (FDB). In this paper, a boundary aware method using deep neural network is proposed to overcome this problem. (1) Aiming to acquire improved fusion images, a 2-channel deep network is proposed to better extract the relative defocus information of the two source images. (2) After analyzing the different situations for patches far away from and near the FDB, we use two networks to handle them respectively. (3) To simulate the reality more precisely, a new approach of dataset generation is designed. Experiments demonstrate that the proposed method outperforms the state-of-the-art methods, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

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Lightweight Feature Fusion Network for Single Image Super-Resolution

Apr 13, 2019
Wenming Yang, Wei Wang, Xuechen Zhang, Shuifa Sun, Qingmin Liao

Single image super-resolution(SISR) has witnessed great progress as convolutional neural network(CNN) gets deeper and wider. However, enormous parameters hinder its application to real world problems. In this letter, We propose a lightweight feature fusion network (LFFN) that can fully explore multi-scale contextual information and greatly reduce network parameters while maximizing SISR results. LFFN is built on spindle blocks and a softmax feature fusion module (SFFM). Specifically, a spindle block is composed of a dimension extension unit, a feature exploration unit and a feature refinement unit. The dimension extension layer expands low dimension to high dimension and implicitly learns the feature maps which is suitable for the next unit. The feature exploration unit performs linear and nonlinear feature exploration aimed at different feature maps. The feature refinement layer is used to fuse and refine features. SFFM fuses the features from different modules in a self-adaptive learning manner with softmax function, making full use of hierarchical information with a small amount of parameter cost. Both qualitative and quantitative experiments on benchmark datasets show that LFFN achieves favorable performance against state-of-the-art methods with similar parameters.

* Accepted by IEEE Signal Processing Letters (Volume:26, Issue:4, April 2019) 

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LCSCNet: Linear Compressing Based Skip-Connecting Network for Image Super-Resolution

Sep 09, 2019
Wenming Yang, Xuechen Zhang, Yapeng Tian, Wei Wang, Jing-Hao Xue, Qingmin Liao

In this paper, we develop a concise but efficient network architecture called linear compressing based skip-connecting network (LCSCNet) for image super-resolution. Compared with two representative network architectures with skip connections, ResNet and DenseNet, a linear compressing layer is designed in LCSCNet for skip connection, which connects former feature maps and distinguishes them from newly-explored feature maps. In this way, the proposed LCSCNet enjoys the merits of the distinguish feature treatment of DenseNet and the parameter-economic form of ResNet. Moreover, to better exploit hierarchical information from both low and high levels of various receptive fields in deep models, inspired by gate units in LSTM, we also propose an adaptive element-wise fusion strategy with multi-supervised training. Experimental results in comparison with state-of-the-art algorithms validate the effectiveness of LCSCNet.

* Accepted by IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (IEEE-TIP) 

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