DINN360: Deformable Invertible Neural Network for Latitude-Aware 360° Image Rescaling

Yichen Guo · Mai Xu · Lai Jiang · Leonid Sigal · Yunjin Chen

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Thu 22 Jun 4:30 p.m. PDT — 6 p.m. PDT


With the rapid development of virtual reality, 360° images have gained increasing popularity. Their wide field of view necessitates high resolution to ensure image quality. This, however, makes it harder to acquire, store and even process such 360° images. To alleviate this issue, we propose the first attempt at 360° image rescaling, which refers to downscaling a 360° image to a visually valid low-resolution (LR) counterpart and then upscaling to a high-resolution (HR) 360° image given the LR variant. Specifically, we first analyze two 360° image datasets and observe several findings that characterize how 360° images typically change along their latitudes. Inspired by these findings, we propose a novel deformable invertible neural network (INN), named DINN360, for latitude-aware 360° image rescaling. In DINN360, a deformable INN is designed to downscale the LR image, and project the high-frequency (HF) component to the latent space by adaptively handling various deformations occurring at different latitude regions. Given the downscaled LR image, the high-quality HR image is then reconstructed in a conditional latitude-aware manner by recovering the structure-related HF component from the latent space. Extensive experiments over four public datasets show that our DINN360 method performs considerably better than other state-of-the-art methods for 2×, 4× and 8× 360° image rescaling.

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