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A Two-step-training Deep Learning Framework for Real-time Computational Imaging without Physics Priors
preprintposted on 2023-11-30, 19:24 authored by Ruibo Shang, Kevin Hoffer-Hawlik, Geoffrey P. Luke
Deep learning (DL) is a powerful tool in computational imaging for many applications. A common strategy is to reconstruct a preliminary image as the input of a neural network to achieve an optimized image. Usually, the preliminary image is acquired with the prior knowledge of the imaging model. One outstanding challenge, however, is the degree to which the actual imaging model deviates from the assumed model. Model mismatches degrade the quality of the preliminary image and therefore affect the DL predictions. Another main challenge is that since most imaging inverse problems are ill-posed and the networks are over-parameterized, DL networks have flexibility to extract features from the data that are not directly related to the imaging model. To solve these challenges, a two-step-training DL (TST-DL) framework is proposed for real-time computational imaging without physics priors. First, a single fully-connected layer (FCL) is trained to directly learn the model. Then, this FCL is fixed and concatenated with an un-trained U-Net architecture for a second-step training to improve the output image fidelity, resulting in four main advantages. First, it does not rely on an accurate representation of the imaging model since the model is directly learned. Second, real-time imaging can be achieved. Third, the TST-DL network is trained in the desired direction and the predictions are improved since the first step is constrained to learn the model and the second step improves the result by learning the optimal regularizer. Fourth, the approach accommodates any size and dimensionality of data. We demonstrate this framework using a linear single-pixel camera imaging model. The results are quantitatively compared with those from other DL frameworks and model-based iterative optimization approaches. We further extend this concept to nonlinear models in the application of image de-autocorrelation.