Closed-loop Matters: Dual Regression Networks for Single Image Super-Resolution

Published in CVPR 2020


Deep neural networks have exhibited promising performance in image super-resolution (SR) by learning a non-linear mapping function from low-resolution (LR) images to high-resolution (HR) images. However, there are two underlying limitations to existing SR methods. First, learning the mapping function from LR to HR images is typically an ill-posed problem, because there exist infinite HR images that can be downsampled to the same LR image. As a result,the space of the possible functions can be extremely large, which makes it hard to find a good solution. Second, the paired LR-HR data may be unavailable in real-world applications and the underlying degradation method is often unknown. For such a more general case, existing SR models often incur the adaptation problem and yield poor performance. To address the above issues, we propose a dual regression scheme by introducing an additional constrainton LR data to reduce the space of the possible functions.Specifically, besides the mapping from LR to HR images,we learn an additional dual regression mapping to reconstruct LR images, which forms a closed-loop to provide additional supervision. More critically, since the dual regression process does not depend on HR images, we can directly learn from the LR images. In this sense, we can easily adapt SR models to real-world data, e.g., raw video frames from YouTube. Extensive experiments on the SR tasks with paired training data and unpaired real-world data demonstrate our superiority over existing methods.