I am having a hard time understanding the difference what is a multichannel CNN: In the paper titled, "A Multichannel 2D Convolutional Neural Network Model for Task-Evoked fMRI Data Classification" (https://www.hindawi.com/journals/cin/2019/5065214/#sec2.1) Figure 1 is a multichannel CNN where the authors are using a channel to represent an input image type. Image is a 2D grayscale matrix. According to the diagram, it appears the number of images = number of channels = number of different CNNs. Is that true? I was under the impression that irrespective of the number of channels, we have one CNN that applies filters to each input kind separately. However, this is not the same as having multiple CNNs for each input type.
I am confused -- does multi channel CNN mean that there is a separate CNN for each input data Or a single CNN that applies filters to each input separately.