Remote sensing image colorization using symmetrical multi-scale DCGAN in YUV color space

Min Wu, Xin Jin, Qian Jiang*, Shin-jye Lee, Wentao Liang, Guo Lin, Shaowen Yao

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Image colorization technique is used to colorize the gray-level image or single-channel image, which is a very significant and challenging task in image processing, especially the colorization of remote sensing images. This paper proposes a new method for coloring remote sensing images based on deep convolution generation adversarial network. The adopted generator model is a symmetrical structure using the principle of auto-encoder, and a multi-scale convolutional module is specially designed to introduce into the generator model. Thus, the proposed generator can enable the whole model to retain more image features in the process of up-sampling and down-sampling. Meanwhile, the discriminator uses residual neural network 18 that can compete with the generator, so that the generator and discriminator can effectively optimize each other. In the proposed method, the color space transformation technique is first utilized to convert remote sensing images from RGB to YUV. Then, the Y channel (a gray-level image) is used as the input of the neural network model to predict UV channels. Finally, the predicted UV channels are concatenated with the original Y channel as a whole YUV that is then transformed into RGB space to get the final color image. Experiments are conducted to test the performance of different image colorization methods, and the results show that the proposed method has good performance in both visual quality and objective indexes on the colorization of remote sensing image.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalVisual Computer
StateE-pub ahead of print - 28 Aug 2020


  • Image colorization
  • Multi-scale convolutional
  • Remote sensing image
  • Deep convolutional generative adversarial networks


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