CNN-Based Real-Time Parameter Tuning for Optimizing Denoising Filter Performance

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Authors Irene Cheng, Subhayan Mukherjee, Navaneeth Kamballur Kottayil, Xinyao Sun
Journal/Conference Name Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
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Paper Abstract We propose a novel direction to improve the denoising quality of filtering-based denoising algorithms in real time by predicting the best filter parameter value using a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). We take the use case of BM3D, the state-of-the-art filtering-based denoising algorithm, to demonstrate and validate our approach. We propose and train a simple, shallow CNN to predict in real time, the optimum filter parameter value, given the input noisy image. Each training example consists of a noisy input image (training data) and the filter parameter value that produces the best output (training label). Both qualitative and quantitative results using the widely used PSNR and SSIM metrics on the popular BSD68 dataset show that the CNN-guided BM3D outperforms the original, unguided BM3D across different noise levels. Thus, our proposed method is a CNN-based improvement on the original BM3D which uses a fixed, default parameter value for all images.
Date of publication 2020
Code Programming Language Python
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