Providing a satisfactory visual experience is one of the main goals for present-day electronic multimedia devices. All the enabling technologies (for storage, transmission, compression, rendering) should preserve (and possibly enhance) the quality of the video signal; to do so, quality control mechanisms are required. At the basis of these mechanisms are systems in charge to assess the visual quality of the incoming signal consistently with human perception. Computational Intelligence (CI) paradigms represent a suitable technology to tackle this challenging problem. In this regard, the present research introduces an augmented version of the basic Extreme Learning Machine (ELM), the Circular-ELM (C-ELM), which proves effective in addressing the visual quality assessment problem. The C-ELM model derives from the original Circular BackPropagation (CBP) architecture, in which the input vector of a conventional MultiLayer Perceptron (MLP) is augmented by one additional dimension, the circular input; this paper shows that C-ELM can actually benefit from the enhancement provided by the circular input without losing any of the fruitful properties that characterize the basic ELM framework. In the proposed framework, C-ELM handles the actual mapping of visual signals into quality scores, successfully reproducing perceptual mechanisms. Its effectiveness is proved on recognized benchmarks and for four different types of distortions.

CIRCULAR-ELM FOR THE REDUCED-REFERENCE ASSESSMENT OF PERCEIVED IMAGE QUALITY

GASTALDO, PAOLO;ZUNINO, RODOLFO;
2013

Abstract

Providing a satisfactory visual experience is one of the main goals for present-day electronic multimedia devices. All the enabling technologies (for storage, transmission, compression, rendering) should preserve (and possibly enhance) the quality of the video signal; to do so, quality control mechanisms are required. At the basis of these mechanisms are systems in charge to assess the visual quality of the incoming signal consistently with human perception. Computational Intelligence (CI) paradigms represent a suitable technology to tackle this challenging problem. In this regard, the present research introduces an augmented version of the basic Extreme Learning Machine (ELM), the Circular-ELM (C-ELM), which proves effective in addressing the visual quality assessment problem. The C-ELM model derives from the original Circular BackPropagation (CBP) architecture, in which the input vector of a conventional MultiLayer Perceptron (MLP) is augmented by one additional dimension, the circular input; this paper shows that C-ELM can actually benefit from the enhancement provided by the circular input without losing any of the fruitful properties that characterize the basic ELM framework. In the proposed framework, C-ELM handles the actual mapping of visual signals into quality scores, successfully reproducing perceptual mechanisms. Its effectiveness is proved on recognized benchmarks and for four different types of distortions.
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