Block-Matching Convolutional Neural Network for Image Denoising

3 Apr 2017  ·  Byeongyong Ahn, Nam Ik Cho ·

There are two main streams in up-to-date image denoising algorithms: non-local self similarity (NSS) prior based methods and convolutional neural network (CNN) based methods. The NSS based methods are favorable on images with regular and repetitive patterns while the CNN based methods perform better on irregular structures. In this paper, we propose a block-matching convolutional neural network (BMCNN) method that combines NSS prior and CNN. Initially, similar local patches in the input image are integrated into a 3D block. In order to prevent the noise from messing up the block matching, we first apply an existing denoising algorithm on the noisy image. The denoised image is employed as a pilot signal for the block matching, and then denoising function for the block is learned by a CNN structure. Experimental results show that the proposed BMCNN algorithm achieves state-of-the-art performance. In detail, BMCNN can restore both repetitive and irregular structures.

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