Infrared images have a wide range of military and civilian applications including night vision, surveillance and robotics. However, high-resolution infrared detectors are difficult to fabricate and their manufacturing cost is expensive. In this work, we present a cascaded architecture of deep neural networks with multiple receptive fields to increase the spatial resolution of infrared images by a large scale factor (×8). Instead of reconstructing a high-resolution image from its low-resolution version using a single complex deep network, the key idea of our approach is to set up a mid-point (scale ×2) between scale ×1 and ×8 such that lost information can be divided into two components. Lost information within each component contains similar patterns thus can be more accurately recovered even using a simpler deep network. In our proposed cascaded architecture, two consecutive deep networks with different receptive fields are jointly trained through a multi-scale loss function. The first network with a large receptive field is applied to recover large-scale structure information, while the second one uses a relatively smaller receptive field to reconstruct small-scale image details. Our proposed method is systematically evaluated using realistic infrared images. Compared with state-of-theart Super-Resolution methods, our proposed cascaded approach achieves improved reconstruction accuracy using significantly less parameters.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||IEEE transactions on circuits and systems for video technology|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 10 Aug 2018|