Efficient Residual Dense Block Search for Image Super-Resolution


  • Dehua Song Huawei Noah's Ark Lab.
  • Chang Xu The University of Sydney
  • Xu Jia Huawei Noah's Ark Lab.
  • Yiyi Chen Huawei CBG
  • Chunjing Xu Huawei Noah's Ark Lab.
  • Yunhe Wang Huawei Noah's Ark Lab.




Although remarkable progress has been made on single image super-resolution due to the revival of deep convolutional neural networks, deep learning methods are confronted with the challenges of computation and memory consumption in practice, especially for mobile devices. Focusing on this issue, we propose an efficient residual dense block search algorithm with multiple objectives to hunt for fast, lightweight and accurate networks for image super-resolution. Firstly, to accelerate super-resolution network, we exploit the variation of feature scale adequately with the proposed efficient residual dense blocks. In the proposed evolutionary algorithm, the locations of pooling and upsampling operator are searched automatically. Secondly, network architecture is evolved with the guidance of block credits to acquire accurate super-resolution network. The block credit reflects the effect of current block and is earned during model evaluation process. It guides the evolution by weighing the sampling probability of mutation to favor admirable blocks. Extensive experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed searching method and the found efficient super-resolution models achieve better performance than the state-of-the-art methods with limited number of parameters and FLOPs.




How to Cite

Song, D., Xu, C., Jia, X., Chen, Y., Xu, C., & Wang, Y. (2020). Efficient Residual Dense Block Search for Image Super-Resolution. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 34(07), 12007-12014. https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v34i07.6877



AAAI Technical Track: Vision