Peyman Milanfar

MDSP Resolution Enhancement Software

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Screenshot of the MDSP software

This is a Matlab-based software package for resolution enhancement from video, developed at the Multi-Dimensional Signal Processing (MDSP) research lab at the University of California at Santa Cruz, led by Peyman Milanfar.

The main objective of this software tool is the implementation of several superresolution techniques. In particular, the techniques described in [1], [2], [3], and several references therein are included. The techniques implemented cover robust methods, dynamic color superresolution methods, and simultaneous demosaicing and resolution enhancement.

Some specific features of the software package are:


Sample results illustrating the performance of our techniques can be viewed here:

User’s Manual

MDSP Resolution Enhancement Software User’s Manual, May 2004

Sample datasets

A webpage containing many of the test superresolution data-sets used in our papers is online.


  1. S. Farsiu, D. Robinson, M. Elad, and P. Milanfar, “Advances and Challenges in Super-Resolution”, Invited Paper, International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology, Special Issue on High Resolution Image Reconstruction, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 47-57, 2004.
  2. S. Farsiu, D. Robinson, M. Elad, and P. Milanfar, “Fast and Robust Multi-frame Super-resolution”, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 13, no. 10, pp. 1327-1344, October 2004.
  3. S. Farsiu, M. Elad, and P. Milanfar, “Multi-Frame Demosaicing and Super-Resolution of Color Images”, IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 141-159, January 2006.
  4. S. Farsiu, M. Elad, and P. Milanfar, “Video-to-Video Dynamic Superresolution for Grayscale and Color Sequences”, EURASIP Journal of Applied Signal Processing, Special Issue on Superresolution Imaging, Volume 2006, Article ID 61859, Pages 1-15.

Our other relevant publications on this topic.

Download, Licensing and IP

The software package can be downloaded from here. Please note: The software runs on Matlab 7.1 or earlier. It is not supported on any later version of Matlab. This is experimental software. It is provided for noncommercial research purposes only. Use at your own risk. No warranty is implied by this distribution. Copyright © 2009 by University of California

If you are interested in commercial applications and development, please contact MotionDSP, Inc.

The following patents held by the University of California cover the operation of the software and related technology.


The work implemented in this software was carried out in collaboration with Prof. Michael Elad of the Technion CS department. Sina Farsiu is the principal architect of the code, with significant contributions from Dirk Robinson, particularly on the motion estimation algorithms.

This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation Grant CCR-9984246, US Air Force Grant F49620-03-01-0387, and by the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Adaptive Optics, managed by the University of California at Santa Cruz under Cooperative Agreement No. AST-9876783.