Quantization Guided JPEG Artifact Correction

European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)

Abstract

The JPEG image compression algorithm is the most popular method of image compression because of its ability for large compression ratios. However, to achieve such high compression, information is lost. For aggressive quantization settings, this leads to a noticeable reduction in image quality. Artifact correction has been studied in the context of deep neural networks for some time, but the current methods delivering state-of-the-art results require a different model to be trained for each quality setting, greatly limiting their practical application. We solve this problem by creating a novel architecture which is parameterized by the JPEG file’s quantization matrix. This allows our single model to achieve state-of-the-art performance over models trained for specific quality settings.

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