SphereSR: 360 Image Super-Resolution with Arbitrary Projection via Continuous Spherical Image Representation [article]

Youngho Yoon, Inchul Chung, Lin Wang, Kuk-Jin Yoon
2021 arXiv   pre-print
The 360imaging has recently gained great attention; however, its angular resolution is relatively lower than that of a narrow field-of-view (FOV) perspective image as it is captured by using fisheye lenses with the same sensor size. Therefore, it is beneficial to super-resolve a 360image. Some attempts have been made but mostly considered the equirectangular projection (ERP) as one of the way for 360image representation despite of latitude-dependent distortions. In that case, as the output
more » ... resolution(HR) image is always in the same ERP format as the low-resolution (LR) input, another information loss may occur when transforming the HR image to other projection types. In this paper, we propose SphereSR, a novel framework to generate a continuous spherical image representation from an LR 360image, aiming at predicting the RGB values at given spherical coordinates for super-resolution with an arbitrary 360image projection. Specifically, we first propose a feature extraction module that represents the spherical data based on icosahedron and efficiently extracts features on the spherical surface. We then propose a spherical local implicit image function (SLIIF) to predict RGB values at the spherical coordinates. As such, SphereSR flexibly reconstructs an HR image under an arbitrary projection type. Experiments on various benchmark datasets show that our method significantly surpasses existing methods.
arXiv:2112.06536v2 fatcat:j7cawsacdvgj7aj47b76sphdby