Image Super-Resolution via Attention based Back Projection Networks [article]

Zhi-Song Liu, Li-Wen Wang, Chu-Tak Li, Wan-Chi Siu, Yui-Lam Chan
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Deep learning based image Super-Resolution (SR) has shown rapid development due to its ability of big data digestion. Generally, deeper and wider networks can extract richer feature maps and generate SR images with remarkable quality. However, the more complex network we have, the more time consumption is required for practical applications. It is important to have a simplified network for efficient image SR. In this paper, we propose an Attention based Back Projection Network (ABPN) for image
more » ... uper-resolution. Similar to some recent works, we believe that the back projection mechanism can be further developed for SR. Enhanced back projection blocks are suggested to iteratively update low- and high-resolution feature residues. Inspired by recent studies on attention models, we propose a Spatial Attention Block (SAB) to learn the cross-correlation across features at different layers. Based on the assumption that a good SR image should be close to the original LR image after down-sampling. We propose a Refined Back Projection Block (RBPB) for final reconstruction. Extensive experiments on some public and AIM2019 Image Super-Resolution Challenge datasets show that the proposed ABPN can provide state-of-the-art or even better performance in both quantitative and qualitative measurements.
arXiv:1910.04476v1 fatcat:7nyd6diyfnehbjmdntzlznujsm