Pyramid Architecture Search for Real-Time Image Deblurring

Xiaobin Hu, Wenqi Ren, Kaicheng Yu, Kaihao Zhang, Xiaochun Cao, Wei Liu, Bjoern Menze

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Multi-scale and multi-patch deep models have been shown effective in removing blurs of dynamic scenes. However, these methods still suffer from one major obstacle: manually designing a lightweight and high-efficiency network is challenging and time-consuming. To tackle this obstacle, we propose a novel deblurring method, dubbed PyNAS (pyramid neural architecture search network), towards automatically designing hyper-parameters including the scales, patches, and standard cell operators. The proposed PyNAS adopts gradient-based search strategies and innovatively searches the hierarchy patch and scale scheme not limited to cell searching. Specifically, we introduce a hierarchical search strategy tailored to the multi-scale and multi-patch deblurring task. The strategy follows the principle that the first distinguishes between the top-level (pyramid-scales and pyramid-patches) and bottom-level variables (cell operators) and then searches multi-scale variables using the top-to-bottom principle. During the search stage, PyNAS employs an early stopping strategy to avoid the collapse and computational issues. Furthermore, we use a path-level binarization mechanism for multi-scale cell searching to save the memory consumption. Our primary contribution is a real-time deblurring algorithm (around 58 fps) for 720p images while achieves state-of-the-art deblurring performance on the GoPro and Video Deblurring datasets.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781665428125
StatePublished - 2021
Event18th IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2021 - Virtual, Online, Canada
Duration: 11 Oct 202117 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision
ISSN (Print)1550-5499


Conference18th IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2021
CityVirtual, Online


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