Omnidirectional Image Quality Assessment by Distortion Discrimination Assisted Multi-Stream Network
PubDate: May 2021
Teams: China University of Mining and Technology；Xidian University；Beijing University of Technology；Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics
Writers: Yu Zhou; Yanjing Sun; Leida Li; Ke Gu; Yuming Fang
Omnidirectional image (OI) quality assessment is crucial to facilitate the development of virtual reality (VR) related technology. In this work, a distortion discrimination assisted multi-stream network is proposed for OI quality assessment. The multi-stream architecture is constructed by generating the viewport images received by the retina at one point to simulate the characteristics of humans perceiving VR contents. Additionally, the strategy of generating several viewport image sets from one OI is proposed for data augmentation. Furthermore, the facts that the human brain has the ability for both quality assessment and distortion type distinguishment, and the process of human brain handling two tasks exists information interaction inspire us to employ an auxiliary distortion discrimination task to facilitate the quality assessment task learning. Extensive experiments conducted on two public OI databases demonstrate the superiority of the proposed method to both traditional 2D quality metrics and existing metrics specific for OIs. Moreover, utilizing the assistant task is proven to be more effective than the single task learning for OI quality evaluation. Better generalization performance is also verified to be another valuable trait of the proposed method.