PerceptNet: A Human Visual System Inspired Neural Network for Estimating Perceptual Distance

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Abstract

Traditionally, the vision community has devised algorithms to estimate the distance between an original image and images that have been subject to perturbations. Inspiration was usually taken from the human visual perceptual system and how the system processes different perturbations in order to replicate to what extent it determines our ability to judge image quality. While recent works have presented deep neural networks trained to predict human perceptual quality, very few borrow any intuitions from the human visual system. To address this, we present PerceptNet, a convolutional neural network where the architecture has been chosen to reflect the structure and various stages in the human visual system. We evaluate PerceptNet on various traditional perception datasets and note strong performance on a number of them as compared with traditional image quality metrics. We also show that including a nonlinearity inspired by the human visual system in classical deep neural networks architectures can increase their ability to judge perceptual similarity. Compared to similar deep learning methods, the performance is similar, although our network has a number of parameters that is several orders of magnitude less.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages121-125
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781728163956
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 28 Oct 2019
Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2020 - Virtual, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 25 Sep 202028 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP
Volume2020-October
ISSN (Print)1522-4880

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2020
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
CityVirtual, Abu Dhabi
Period25/09/2028/09/20

Keywords

  • perceptual distance
  • human visual system
  • neural networks

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