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"Image To Image Translation": models, code, and papers

MIINet: An Image Quality Improvement Framework for Supporting Medical Diagnosis

Nov 28, 2020
Quan Huu Cap, Hitoshi Iyatomi, Atsushi Fukuda

Medical images have been indispensable and useful tools for supporting medical experts in making diagnostic decisions. However, taken medical images especially throat and endoscopy images are normally hazy, lack of focus, or uneven illumination. Thus, these could difficult the diagnosis process for doctors. In this paper, we propose MIINet, a novel image-to-image translation network for improving quality of medical images by unsupervised translating low-quality images to the high-quality clean version. Our MIINet is not only capable of generating high-resolution clean images, but also preserving the attributes of original images, making the diagnostic more favorable for doctors. Experiments on dehazing 100 practical throat images show that our MIINet largely improves the mean doctor opinion score (MDOS), which assesses the quality and the reproducibility of the images from the baseline of 2.36 to 4.11, while dehazed images by CycleGAN got lower score of 3.83. The MIINet is confirmed by three physicians to be satisfying in supporting throat disease diagnostic from original low-quality images.

* Accepted at the ICPR2020 Workshops 

Lung image segmentation by generative adversarial networks

Jul 30, 2019
Jiaxin Cai, Hongfeng Zhu

Lung image segmentation plays an important role in computer-aid pulmonary diseases diagnosis and treatment. This paper proposed a lung image segmentation method by generative adversarial networks. We employed a variety of generative adversarial networks and use its capability of image translation to perform image segmentation. The generative adversarial networks was employed to translate the original lung image to the segmented image. The generative adversarial networks based segmentation method was test on real lung image data set. Experimental results shows that the proposed method is effective and outperform state-of-the art method.


Anime-to-Real Clothing: Cosplay Costume Generation via Image-to-Image Translation

Aug 26, 2020
Koya Tango, Marie Katsurai, Hayato Maki, Ryosuke Goto

Cosplay has grown from its origins at fan conventions into a billion-dollar global dress phenomenon. To facilitate imagination and reinterpretation from animated images to real garments, this paper presents an automatic costume image generation method based on image-to-image translation. Cosplay items can be significantly diverse in their styles and shapes, and conventional methods cannot be directly applied to the wide variation in clothing images that are the focus of this study. To solve this problem, our method starts by collecting and preprocessing web images to prepare a cleaned, paired dataset of the anime and real domains. Then, we present a novel architecture for generative adversarial networks (GANs) to facilitate high-quality cosplay image generation. Our GAN consists of several effective techniques to fill the gap between the two domains and improve both the global and local consistency of generated images. Experiments demonstrated that, with two types of evaluation metrics, the proposed GAN achieves better performance than existing methods. We also showed that the images generated by the proposed method are more realistic than those generated by the conventional methods. Our codes and pretrained model are available on the web.

* 19 pages 

OmiTrans: generative adversarial networks based omics-to-omics translation framework

Nov 27, 2021
Xiaoyu Zhang, Yike Guo

With the rapid development of high-throughput experimental technologies, different types of omics (e.g., genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) data can be produced from clinical samples. The correlations between different omics types attracts a lot of research interest, whereas the stduy on genome-wide omcis data translation (i.e, generation and prediction of one type of omics data from another type of omics data) is almost blank. Generative adversarial networks and the variants are one of the most state-of-the-art deep learning technologies, which have shown great success in image-to-image translation, text-to-image translation, etc. Here we proposed OmiTrans, a deep learning framework adopted the idea of generative adversarial networks to achieve omics-to-omics translation with promising results. OmiTrans was able to faithfully reconstruct gene expression profiles from DNA methylation data with high accuracy and great model generalisation, as demonstrated in the experiments.

* 9 pages, 9 figures 

Unrestricted Facial Geometry Reconstruction Using Image-to-Image Translation

Sep 15, 2017
Matan Sela, Elad Richardson, Ron Kimmel

It has been recently shown that neural networks can recover the geometric structure of a face from a single given image. A common denominator of most existing face geometry reconstruction methods is the restriction of the solution space to some low-dimensional subspace. While such a model significantly simplifies the reconstruction problem, it is inherently limited in its expressiveness. As an alternative, we propose an Image-to-Image translation network that jointly maps the input image to a depth image and a facial correspondence map. This explicit pixel-based mapping can then be utilized to provide high quality reconstructions of diverse faces under extreme expressions, using a purely geometric refinement process. In the spirit of recent approaches, the network is trained only with synthetic data, and is then evaluated on in-the-wild facial images. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses demonstrate the accuracy and the robustness of our approach.

* To appear in ICCV 2017 

UMONS Submission for WMT18 Multimodal Translation Task

Oct 15, 2018
Jean-Benoit Delbrouck, Stéphane Dupont

This paper describes the UMONS solution for the Multimodal Machine Translation Task presented at the third conference on machine translation (WMT18). We explore a novel architecture, called deepGRU, based on recent findings in the related task of Neural Image Captioning (NIC). The models presented in the following sections lead to the best METEOR translation score for both constrained (English, image) -> German and (English, image) -> French sub-tasks.


ComboGAN: Unrestrained Scalability for Image Domain Translation

Dec 19, 2017
Asha Anoosheh, Eirikur Agustsson, Radu Timofte, Luc Van Gool

This year alone has seen unprecedented leaps in the area of learning-based image translation, namely CycleGAN, by Zhu et al. But experiments so far have been tailored to merely two domains at a time, and scaling them to more would require an quadratic number of models to be trained. And with two-domain models taking days to train on current hardware, the number of domains quickly becomes limited by the time and resources required to process them. In this paper, we propose a multi-component image translation model and training scheme which scales linearly - both in resource consumption and time required - with the number of domains. We demonstrate its capabilities on a dataset of paintings by 14 different artists and on images of the four different seasons in the Alps. Note that 14 data groups would need (14 choose 2) = 91 different CycleGAN models: a total of 182 generator/discriminator pairs; whereas our model requires only 14 generator/discriminator pairs.

* Source code provided here: 

Thermal to Visible Image Synthesis under Atmospheric Turbulence

Apr 06, 2022
Kangfu Mei, Yiqun Mei, Vishal M. Patel

In many practical applications of long-range imaging such as biometrics and surveillance, thermal imagining modalities are often used to capture images in low-light and nighttime conditions. However, such imaging systems often suffer from atmospheric turbulence, which introduces severe blur and deformation artifacts to the captured images. Such an issue is unavoidable in long-range imaging and significantly decreases the face verification accuracy. In this paper, we first investigate the problem with a turbulence simulation method on real-world thermal images. An end-to-end reconstruction method is then proposed which can directly transform thermal images into visible-spectrum images by utilizing natural image priors based on a pre-trained StyleGAN2 network. Compared with the existing two-steps methods of consecutive turbulence mitigation and thermal to visible image translation, our method is demonstrated to be effective in terms of both the visual quality of the reconstructed results and face verification accuracy. Moreover, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first work that studies the problem of thermal to visible image translation under atmospheric turbulence.

* 4 pages, 3 figures 

Mutually improved endoscopic image synthesis and landmark detection in unpaired image-to-image translation

Jul 14, 2021
Lalith Sharan, Gabriele Romano, Sven Koehler, Halvar Kelm, Matthias Karck, Raffaele De Simone, Sandy Engelhardt

The CycleGAN framework allows for unsupervised image-to-image translation of unpaired data. In a scenario of surgical training on a physical surgical simulator, this method can be used to transform endoscopic images of phantoms into images which more closely resemble the intra-operative appearance of the same surgical target structure. This can be viewed as a novel augmented reality approach, which we coined Hyperrealism in previous work. In this use case, it is of paramount importance to display objects like needles, sutures or instruments consistent in both domains while altering the style to a more tissue-like appearance. Segmentation of these objects would allow for a direct transfer, however, contouring of these, partly tiny and thin foreground objects is cumbersome and perhaps inaccurate. Instead, we propose to use landmark detection on the points when sutures pass into the tissue. This objective is directly incorporated into a CycleGAN framework by treating the performance of pre-trained detector models as an additional optimization goal. We show that a task defined on these sparse landmark labels improves consistency of synthesis by the generator network in both domains. Comparing a baseline CycleGAN architecture to our proposed extension (DetCycleGAN), mean precision (PPV) improved by +61.32, mean sensitivity (TPR) by +37.91, and mean F1 score by +0.4743. Furthermore, it could be shown that by dataset fusion, generated intra-operative images can be leveraged as additional training data for the detection network itself. The data is released within the scope of the AdaptOR MICCAI Challenge 2021 at, and code at

* Submitted to IEEE JBHI 2021, 13 pages, 8 figures, 4 tables 

Image-to-Image Translation with Conditional Adversarial Networks

Nov 22, 2017
Phillip Isola, Jun-Yan Zhu, Tinghui Zhou, Alexei A. Efros

We investigate conditional adversarial networks as a general-purpose solution to image-to-image translation problems. These networks not only learn the mapping from input image to output image, but also learn a loss function to train this mapping. This makes it possible to apply the same generic approach to problems that traditionally would require very different loss formulations. We demonstrate that this approach is effective at synthesizing photos from label maps, reconstructing objects from edge maps, and colorizing images, among other tasks. Indeed, since the release of the pix2pix software associated with this paper, a large number of internet users (many of them artists) have posted their own experiments with our system, further demonstrating its wide applicability and ease of adoption without the need for parameter tweaking. As a community, we no longer hand-engineer our mapping functions, and this work suggests we can achieve reasonable results without hand-engineering our loss functions either.

* CVPR 2017 
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