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    ABSTRACT: This paper proposes a method for low resolution QR-code recognition. A QR-code is a two-dimensional binary symbol that can embed various information such as characters and numbers. To recognize a QR-code correctly and stably, the resolution of an input image should be high. In practice, however, recognition of a QR-code is usually difficult due to low resolution when it is captured from a distance. In this paper, we propose a method to improve the performance of low resolution QR-code recognition by using the super-resolution technique that generates a high resolution image from multiple low-resolution images. Although a QR-code is a binary pattern, it is observed as a grayscale image due to the degradation through the capturing process. Especially the pixels around the borders between white and black regions become ambiguous. To overcome this problem, the proposed method introduces a binary pattern constraint to generate super-resolved images appropriate for recognition. Experimental results showed that a recognition rate of 98% can be achieved by the proposed method, which is a 15.7% improvement in comparison with a method using a conventional super-resolution method.
    2011 International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, ICDAR 2011, Beijing, China, September 18-21, 2011; 01/2011