A new objective metric to predict image quality using deep neural networks

Quality assessment of images is of key importance for media applications. In this paper we present a new objective metric to predict the quality of images using deep neural networks. The network makes use of both the color information as well as frequency information extracted from reference and distorted images. Our method comprises of extracting a number of equal sized random patches from the reference image and the corresponding patches from the distorted image, then feeding the patches themselves as well as their 3-scale wavelet transform coefficients as input to our neural network. The architecture of our network consists of four branches, with the first three branches generating frequency features and the fourth branch extracting color features. Feature extraction is carried out using 12 to 15 convolutional layers and one pooling layer, while two fully connected layers are used for regression. The overall image quality is computed as a weighted sum of patch scores, where local weights are also learned by the network using two additional fully connected layers. We train our network using the TID2013 image database and test our model on TID2013, CSIQ and LIVE image databases. Our results have high correlation with subjective test scores, are generalizable for certain types of distortions and are competitive with respect to the state-of-the-art methods.

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SPIE Optics + Photonics 2018, San Diego, CA, USA, August 19-23, 2018
Aug 19 2018

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