Low-rank total variation for image super-resolution

Feng Shi, Jian Cheng, Li Wang, Pew Thian Yap, Dinggang Shen

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Most natural images can be approximated using their low-rank components. This fact has been successfully exploited in recent advancements of matrix completion algorithms for image recovery. However, a major limitation of low-rank matrix completion algorithms is that they cannot recover the case where a whole row or column is missing. The missing row or column will be simply filled as an arbitrary combination of other rows or columns with known values. This precludes the application of matrix completion to problems such as super-resolution (SR) where missing values in many rows and columns need to be recovered in the process of up-sampling a low-resolution image. Moreover, low-rank regularization considers information globally from the whole image and does not take proper consideration of local spatial consistency. Accordingly, we propose in this paper a solution to the SR problem via simultaneous (global) low-rank and (local) total variation (TV) regularization. We solve the respective cost function using the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM). Experiments on MR images of adults and pediatric subjects demonstrate that the proposed method enhances the details of the recovered high-resolution images, and outperforms the nearest-neighbor interpolation, cubic interpolation, non-local means, and TV-based up-sampling.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2013 - 16th International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages8
EditionPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event16th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2013 - Nagoya, Japan
Duration: 2013 Sept 222013 Sept 26

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume8149 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other16th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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