Visual Recognition-Driven Image Restoration for Multiple Degradation With Intrinsic Semantics Recovery

Zizheng Yang · Jie Huang · Jiahao Chang · Man Zhou · Hu Yu · Jinghao Zhang · Feng Zhao

West Building Exhibit Halls ABC 163
[ Abstract ]
Wed 21 Jun 4:30 p.m. PDT — 6 p.m. PDT


Deep image recognition models suffer a significant performance drop when applied to low-quality images since they are trained on high-quality images. Although many studies have investigated to solve the issue through image restoration or domain adaptation, the former focuses on visual quality rather than recognition quality, while the latter requires semantic annotations for task-specific training. In this paper, to address more practical scenarios, we propose a Visual Recognition-Driven Image Restoration network for multiple degradation, dubbed VRD-IR, to recover high-quality images from various unknown corruption types from the perspective of visual recognition within one model. Concretely, we harmonize the semantic representations of diverse degraded images into a unified space in a dynamic manner, and then optimize them towards intrinsic semantics recovery. Moreover, a prior-ascribing optimization strategy is introduced to encourage VRD-IR to couple with various downstream recognition tasks better. Our VRD-IR is corruption- and recognition-agnostic, and can be inserted into various recognition tasks directly as an image enhancement module. Extensive experiments on multiple image distortions demonstrate that our VRD-IR surpasses existing image restoration methods and show superior performance on diverse high-level tasks, including classification, detection, and person re-identification.

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