MetaWeather: Few-Shot Weather-Degraded Image Restoration via Degradation Pattern Matching

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MetaWeather: Few-Shot Weather-Degraded Image Restoration via Degradation Pattern Matching

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Youngrae Kim, Younggeol Cho, Thanh-Tung Nguyen, Dongman Lee

Abstract

Real-world vision tasks frequently suffer from the appearance of adverse weather conditions including rain, fog, snow, and raindrops in captured images. Recently, several generic methods for restoring weather-degraded images have been proposed, aiming to remove multiple types of adverse weather effects present in the images. However, these methods have considered weather as discrete and mutually exclusive variables, leading to failure in generalizing to unforeseen weather conditions beyond the scope of the training data, such as the co-occurrence of rain, fog, and raindrops. To this end, weather-degraded image restoration models should have flexible adaptability to the current unknown weather condition to ensure reliable and optimal performance. The adaptation method should also be able to cope with data scarcity for real-world adaptation. This paper proposes MetaWeather, a few-shot weather-degraded image restoration method for arbitrary weather conditions. For this, we devise the core piece of MetaWeather, coined Degradation Pattern Matching Module (DPMM), which leverages representations from a few-shot support set by matching features between input and sample images under new weather conditions. In addition, we build meta-knowledge with episodic meta-learning on top of our MetaWeather architecture to provide flexible adaptability. In the meta-testing phase, we adopt a parameter-efficient fine-tuning method to preserve the prebuilt knowledge and avoid the overfitting problem. Experiments on the BID Task II.A dataset show our method achieves the best performance on PSNR and SSIM compared to state-of-the-art image restoration methods. Code is available at (TBA).

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