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Deep Neural Networks for No-Reference and Full-Reference Image Quality Assessment

: Bosse, S.; Maniry, D.; Müller, K.; Wiegand, T.; Samek, W.

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IEEE transactions on image processing 27 (2018), Nr.1, S.206-219
ISSN: 1057-7149
ISSN: 1941-0042
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer HHI ()

We present a deep neural network-based approach to image quality assessment (IQA). The network is trained endto- end and comprises 10 convolutional layers and 5 pooling layers for feature extraction, and 2 fully connected layers for regression, which makes it significantly deeper than related IQA models. Unique features of the proposed architecture are that (1) with slight adaptations it can be used in a no-reference (NR) as well as in a full-reference (FR) IQA setting and (2) it allows for joint learning of local quality and local weights, i.e., relative importance of local quality to the global quality estimate, in an unified framework. Our approach is purely data-driven and does not rely on hand-crafted features or other types of prior domain knowledge about the human visual system or image statistics. We evaluate the proposed approach on the LIVE, CISQ and TID2013 databases as well as the LIVE In the Wild Image Quality Challenge Database and show superior performanc e to state-of-the-art NR and FR IQA methods. Finally, cross-database evaluation shows a high ability to generalize between different databases, indicating a high robustness of the learned features.