Improving Diffusion Models for Inverse Problems using Manifold Constraints

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Recently, diffusion models have been used to solve various inverse problems in an unsupervised manner with appropriate modifications to the sampling process. However, the current solvers, which recursively apply a reverse diffusion step followed by a projection-based measurement consistency step, often produce sub-optimal results. By studying the generative sampling path, here we show that current solvers throw the sample path off the data manifold, and hence the error accumulates. To address this, we propose an additional correction term inspired by the manifold constraint, which can be used synergistically with the previous solvers to make the iterations close to the manifold. The proposed manifold constraint is straightforward to implement within a few lines of code, yet boosts the performance by a surprisingly large margin. With extensive experiments, we show that our method is superior to the previous methods both theoretically and empirically, producing promising results in many applications such as image inpainting, colorization, and sparse-view computed tomography.

In NeurIPS 2022
Hyungjin Chung
Hyungjin Chung
Ph.D. student - Deep Learning & Inverse Problems

My research interests include, but is not restricted to solving inverse problems (MRI, tomography, microscopy, phase retrieval, etc.) via generative models.