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Dual Associated Encoder for Face Restoration

Yu-Ju Tsai · Yu-Lun Liu · Lu Qi · Kelvin Chan · Ming-Hsuan Yang

Halle B #20
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Thu 9 May 7:30 a.m. PDT — 9:30 a.m. PDT

Abstract: Restoring facial details from low-quality (LQ) images has remained challenging due to the nature of the problem caused by various degradations in the wild. The codebook prior has been proposed to address the ill-posed problems by leveraging an autoencoder and learned codebook of high-quality (HQ) features, achieving remarkable quality.However, existing approaches in this paradigm frequently depend on a single encoder pre-trained on HQ data for restoring HQ images, disregarding the domain gap and distinct feature representations between LQ and HQ images.As a result, encoding LQ inputs with the same encoder could be insufficient, resulting in imprecise feature representation and leading to suboptimal performance.To tackle this problem, we propose a novel dual-branch framework named $\textit{DAEFR}$. Our method introduces an auxiliary LQ branch that extracts domain-specific information from the LQ inputs. Additionally, we incorporate association training to promote effective synergy between the two branches, enhancing code prediction and restoration quality.We evaluate the effectiveness of DAEFR on both synthetic and real-world datasets, demonstrating its superior performance in restoring facial details.Project page:

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