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Scalable Auto-Enoder for Layered Image Compression

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TensorFlow implementation of Layered Image Compression using Scalable Auto-encoder, published in IEEE-MIPR 2019. The overall structure is a present a generic scalable model by stacking various auto-encoders such that variable bit-rate points could be realized.




To conduct training of the scalable auto-encoder (SAE), please make sure the training set is prepared. You may also adjust the hyper-parameters in the training files. Then use the following command


to train the base layer of the SAE. Similarly, the consequent training for enhance layers (ELs) can be achieved by

python train_el*.py

where train_el* denotes the EL number, which should be replaced by

  • train_el1: base layer plus one enhance layer
  • train_el2: base layer plus two enhance layers
  • train_el3: base layer plus three enhance layers

NOTE: we should emphasize that since the proposed architecture is a scalable cascaded structure, to obtain the highest bit-rate point, all layers including base and Els are needed to be trained with the order of base, EL1, El2, EL3, etc.


After trained the models, please prepared the Kodak datset for testing and place them it folder kodak/.

To do inference, use the following command


similar to training, for the ELs, the inference should be,

python test_el*.py

where test_el* denotes the EL number, which should be replaced by

  • test_el1: base layer plus one enhance layer
  • test_el2: base layer plus two enhance layers
  • test_el3: base layer plus three enhance layers

Note that after training, the checkpointer for each layer will store the trained networks, the parameters for each EL are saved separately. The rate-distorion curves over all images in Kodak dataset are shown below:

Visual Comparisons

Two simple examples for visual comparisons of restored images are provided (bpp/PSNR/MS-SSIM).

For more details of the reconstructed images and their corresponding bit-rate, please refer to the following GitHub repo:

[Supplymentary Material MIPR2019]

which contains each reconstructed image of Kodak dataset under multiple bit-rate points.


If you find this repo is useful for your research, please cite this paper:

    title={Layered Image Compression using Scalable Auto-encoder},
    author={Jia, Chuanmin and Liu, Zhaoyi and Wang, Yao and Ma, Siwei and Gao, Wen},
    booktitle={IEEE Conference on Multimedia Information Processing and Retrieval (MIPR)},
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