Research Area:  Machine Learning
In this paper, we propose a novel deep convolutional neural network to solve the general multi-modal image restoration (MIR) and multi-modal image fusion (MIF) problems. Different from other methods based on deep learning, our network architecture is designed by drawing inspirations from a new proposed multi-modal convolutional sparse coding (MCSC) model. The key feature of the proposed network is that it can automatically split the common information shared among different modalities, from the unique information that belongs to each single modality, and is therefore denoted with CU-Net, i.e., common and unique information splitting network. Specifically, the CU-Net is composed of three modules, i.e., the unique feature extraction module (UFEM), common feature preservation module (CFPM), and image reconstruction module (IRM). The architecture of each module is derived from the corresponding part in the MCSC model, which consists of several learned convolutional sparse coding (LCSC) blocks. Extensive numerical results verify the effectiveness of our method on a variety of MIR and MIF tasks, including RGB guided depth image super-resolution, flash guided non-flash image denoising, multi-focus and multi-exposure image fusion.
Author(s) Name:  Xin Deng; Pier Luigi Dragotti
Journal name:  IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
Publisher name:  IEEE
Volume Information:  ( Volume: 43, Issue: 10, Oct. 1 2021) Page(s): 3333 - 3348
Paper Link:   https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/9055063