Tunable U-Net: Controlling Image-to-Image Outputs Using a Tunable Scalar Value

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Image-to-image conversion tasks are more accurate and sophisticated than ever thanks to advances in deep learning. However, since typical deep learning models are trained to perform only one task, multiple trained models are required to perform each task even if they are related to each other. For example, the popular image-to-image convolutional neural network, U-Net, is normally trained for a single task. Based on U-Net, this study proposes a model that outputs variable results using only one trained model. The proposed method produces a continuously changing output by setting an external parameter. We confirm the robustness of our proposed model by evaluating it on binarization and background blurring. According to these evaluations, we confirmed that the proposed model can generate well-predicted outputs by using un-trained tuning parameters as well as the outputs by using trained tuning parameters. Furthermore, the proposed model can generate extrapolated outputs outside the learning range.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9481244
Pages (from-to)103279-103290
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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