Unsupervised Feature Learning Framework for No-reference Image Quality Assessment

TitleUnsupervised Feature Learning Framework for No-reference Image Quality Assessment
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsYe P, Kumar J, Kang L, Doermann D
Conference NameCVPR
Date Published2012///

In this paper, we present an efficient general-purpose objective no-reference (NR) image quality assessment (IQA) framework based on unsupervised feature learning. The goal is to build a computational model to automatically predict human perceived image quality without a reference image and without knowing the distortion present in the image. Previous approaches for this problem typically rely on hand-crafted features which are carefully designed based on prior knowledge. In contrast, we use raw-image-patches extracted from a set of unlabeled images to learn a dictionary in an unsupervised manner. We use soft-assignment coding with max pooling to obtain effective image representations for quality estimation. The proposed algorithm is very computationally appealing, using raw image patches as local descriptors and using soft-assignment for encoding. Furthermore, unlike previous methods, our unsupervised feature learning strategy enables our method to adapt to different domains. CORNIA (Codebook Representation for No-Reference Image Assessment) was tested on LIVE database and shown to perform statistically better than full-reference quality measure structural similarity index (SSIM) and was shown to be comparable to state-of-the-art general purpose NR-IQA algorithms.