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Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics 2020

Conference Keywords: Watermarking, Steganography, Security, Forensics, Authentication

MWSF 2020 Call for Papers PDF

Optical Document Security/EI Special Session on Security Documents and Imaging

This year EI overlaps with Reconnaissance International's Optical Document Security (ODS) Conference, so Reconnaissance International and MWSF are collaborating on a joint session covering smartphone and digital approaches to document security, on the morning of Wednesday 29 January. The special session will be inaugurated with a keynote presentation from Ian Lancaster (ODS conference chairman).

Monday January 27, 2020

KEYNOTE: Watermarking and Recycling

Session Chair: Adnan Alattar, Digimarc Corporation (United States)
8:55 – 10:00 AM

Conference Welcome

Watermarking for recycling, Larry Logan, Digimarc Corporation (United States)

Larry Logan is chief evangelist with Digimarc Corporation. Logan is a visionary and a risk taker with a talent for finding gamechanging products and building brand recognition that resonates with target audiences. He recognizes opportunities in niche spaces, capitalizing on investments made. He has a breadth of relationships and media contacts in diverse industries which expand his reach. Logan holds a BA from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

10:10 – 10:30 AM Coffee Break


Session Chair: Robert Ulichney, HP Labs, HP Inc. (United States)
10:30 AM – 12:10 PM

Reducing invertible embedding distortion using graph matching model, Hanzhou Wu and Xinpeng Zhang, Shanghai University (China)

Watermarking in deep neural networks via error back-propagation, Jiangfeng Wang, Hanzhou Wu, Xinpeng Zhang, and Yuwei Yao, Shanghai University (China)

Signal rich art: Improvements and extensions, Ajith Kamath, Digimarc Corporation (United States)

Estimating watermark synchronization signal using partial pixel least squares, Robert Lyons and Brett Bradley, Digimarc Corporation (United States)

12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 – 3:10 PM PLENARY: Frontiers in Computational Imaging

3:10 – 3:30 PM Coffee Break

Deep Learning Steganalysis

3:30 – 5:10 PM

JPEG steganalysis detectors scalable with respect to compression quality, Yassine Yousfi and Jessica Fridrich, Binghamton University (United States)

Detection of malicious spatial-domain steganography over noisy channels using convolutional neural networks, Swaroop Shankar Prasad1, Ofer Hadar2, and Ilia Polian1; 1University of Stuttgart (Germany) and 2Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)

Semi-blind image resampling factor estimation for PRNU computation, Miroslav Goljan and Morteza Darvish Morshedi Hosseini, Binghamton University (United States)

A CNN-based correlation predictor for PRNU-based image manipulation localization, Sujoy Chakraborty; Binghamton University and Stockton University (United States)

5:00 – 6:00 PM All-Conference Welcome Reception

Tuesday January 28, 2020

7:30 – 8:45 AM Women in Electronic Imaging Breakfast

KEYNOTE: Technology in Context

Session Chair: Nasir Memon, New York University (United States)
9:00 – 10:00 AM

Technology in context: Solutions to foreign propaganda and disinformation, Samaruddin Stewart and Justin Maddox, Global Engagement Center, US State Department (United States)

Samaruddin Stewart is a technology and media expert with the U.S. Department of State, Global Engagement Center, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Concurrently, Stewart manages Journalism 360 with the Online News Association, a global network of storytellers accelerating the understanding and production of immersive journalism (AR/VR/XR). Journalism 360 is a partnership between the Google News Initiative, the Knight Foundation, and the Online News Association. From 2016 through mid-2019 he was an invited expert speaker/trainer with the U.S. Department of State, speaking on combating disinformation, technical verification of content, and combating violent extremism. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in mass communication both from Arizona State University, an MBA from Central European University, and received the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship, for Journalism and Media Innovation, from Stanford University in 2012.

Justin Maddox is an adjunct professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology at George Mason University. Maddox is a counterterrorism expert with specialization in emerging technology applications. He is the CEO of Inventive Insights LLC, a research and analysis consultancy. He recently served as the Deputy Coordinator of the interagency Global Engagement Center, where he implemented cutting-edge technologies to counter terrorist propaganda. He has led counterterrorism activities at the CIA, the State Department, DHS, and NNSA, and has been a Special Operations Team Leader in the US Army. Since 2011, Maddox has taught National Security Challenges, a graduate-level course, requiring students to devise realistic solutions to key strategic threats. Maddox holds an MA from Georgetown University’s National Security Studies Program and a BA in liberal arts from St. John’s College, the “great books” school. He has lived and worked in Iraq, India, and Germany, and can order a drink in Russian, Urdu and German.

10:00 AM – 7:30 PM Industry Exhibition - Tuesday

10:10 – 10:30 AM Coffee Break


10:30 AM – 12:10 PM

Detecting "deepfakes" in H.264 video data using compression ghost artifacts, Raphael Frick, Sascha Zmudzinski, and Martin Steinebach, Fraunhofer SIT (Germany)

A system for mitigating the problem of deepfake news videos using watermarking, Adnan Alattar, Ravi Sharma, and John Scriven, Digimarc Corporation (United States)

Checking the integrity of images with signed thumbnail images, Martin Steinebach, Huajian Liu, Sebastian Jörg, and Waldemar Berchtold, Fraunhofer SIT (Germany)

The effect of class definitions on the transferability of adversarial attacks against forensic CNNs, Xinwei Zhao and Matthew Stamm, Drexel University (United States)

12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 – 3:10 PM PLENARY: Automotive Imaging

3:10 – 3:30 PM Coffee Break

PANEL: DeepFakes Threat

Panel Moderator: Gaurav Sharma, University of Rochester (United States)
3:30 – 5:00 PM

Gaurav Sharma is with the University of Rochester, where he is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, department of computer science, and department of biostatistics and computational biology. He is also a Distinguished Researcher in the Center of Excellence in Data Science (CoE) at the Goergen Institute for Data Science. From 2008-2010, he served as the director for the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS), a New York state supported center for promoting joint university-industry research and technology development, which is housed at the University of Rochester. From 1996 through 2003, he was with Xerox Research and Technology in Webster, NY, first as a member of research and technology staff and then as a principal scientist and project leader. He received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, and his masters in applied mathematics from NCSU and in electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received his bachelor of engineering in electronics and communication engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (formerly, University of Roorkee).

5:30 – 7:30 PM Symposium Demonstration Session

Wednesday January 29, 2020

KEYNOTE: Digital vs Physical Document Security

Session Chair: Gaurav Sharma, University of Rochester (United States)
9:00 – 10:00 AM

Digital vs physical: A watershed in document security, Ian Lancaster, Lancaster Consulting (United Kingdom)

Ian Lancaster is a specialist in holography and authentication. He also served as the general secretary to the International Hologram Manufacturers Association from its foundation in 1994 up until 2015. Having stepped into a part-time role as Associate, he is responsible for special projects. Ian Lancaster graduated from Hull University Drama Department, and then did the Arts Council Arts Administration Diploma course. His first job as an arts administrator was at the Library Theatre, Manchester, followed by four years as drama & dance officer at East Midlands Arts, then five years as arts director at the Gulbenkian Foundation. During this period Lancaster received a Fellowship from the US State Department to tour the (United States) to survey the video and holographic arts fields, then became chairman of the British-American Arts Association. Recognising the interest in art holography in the UK, Lancaster worked with Richard Hoggart to set up the country's first open-access holography studio at Goldsmith's College (where he was Warden), offering introductory courses for artists with support from the Gulbenkian and Rockefeller Foundations, and where he learned to make holograms. In 1982, Lancaster founded the first successful display hologram producer, Third Dimension Ltd, then after four years, he moved to New York as the executive director of the Museum of Holography (1986-88). In 1990 I co-founded Reconnaissance International (, where I was managing director for 25 years. He originated Holography News, Reconnaissance’s first business-to-business newsletter, and was its editor from 1990 to 2015. I was also founder-editor of Authentication News, director of Reconnaissance’s anti-counterfeiting, product protection and holography conferences, and chief analyst and writer of the company’s holography industry reports. I also led the company in to the pharmaceutical anti-counterfeiting field, as consultant, director of the Pharmaceutical Anti-Counterfeiting Forum and editor of Pharmaceutical AntiCounterfeiting News. I also expanded the company in to the currency and tax stamps fields and was Executive Editor of Currency News from its first issue until 2012. In 2012, Lancaster received the IHMA’s Award for Business Innovation and that year was also appointed as an Honoured Expert in Authentication by the Ministry of Public Security, China, where I am a member of the Committee of Experts of the Secure Identification Union. In 2015, he was awarded the Russian Optical Society’s Denisyuk Medal for services to holography worldwide and the Chinese Security Identification Union’s Blue Shield award for lifetime achievement in combating counterfeits. For more

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM Industry Exhibition - Wednesday

10:10 – 10:30 AM Coffee Break


10:30 AM – 12:35 PM

Score-based likelihood ratios in camera device identification, Stephanie Reinders, Li Lin, Wenhao Chen, Yong Guan, and Jennifer Newman, Iowa State University (United States)

Camera unavoidable scene watermarks: A method for forcibly conveying information onto photographs, Clark Demaree and Henry Dietz, University of Kentucky (United States)

A deep learning approach to MRI scanner manufacturer and model identification, Shengbang Fang1, Ronnie Sebro2, and Matthew Stamm1; 1Drexel University and 2Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (United States)

Motion vector based robust video hash, Huajian Liu, Sebastian Fach, and Martin Steinebach, Fraunhofer SIT (Germany)

High-entropy optically variable device characterization – Facilitating multimodal authentication and capture of deep learning data, Mikael Lindstrand, gonioLabs AB (Sweden)

12:35 – 2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 – 3:10 PM PLENARY: VR/AR Future Technology

3:10 – 3:30 PM Coffee Break


Session Chair: Jessica Fridrich, Binghamton University (United States)
3:30 – 5:10 PM

Minimum perturbation cost modulation for side-informed steganography, Jan Butora and Jessica Fridrich, Binghamton University (United States)

Synchronizing embedding changes in side-informed steganography, Mehdi Boroumand and Jessica Fridrich, Binghamton University (United States)

Generative text steganography based on adaptive arithmetic coding and LSTM network, Huixian Kang, Hanzhou Wu, and Xinpeng Zhang, Shanghai University (China)

Analyzing the decoding rate of circular coding in a noisy transmission channel, Yufang Sun and Jan Allebach, Purdue University (United States)

DISCUSSION: Concluding Remarks

5:10 – 5:20 PM

5:30 – 7:00 PM EI 2020 Symposium Interactive Posters Session

5:30 – 7:00 PM Meet the Future: A Showcase of Student and Young Professionals Research

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Important Dates
Call for Papers Announced 1 April 2019
Journal-first Submissions Due 15 Jul 2019
Abstract Submission Site Opens 1 May 2019
Review Abstracts Due (refer to For Authors page
· Early Decision Ends 15 Jul 2019
· Regular Submission Ends 30 Sept 2019
· Extended Submission Ends 14 Oct 2019
 Final Manuscript Deadlines  
 · Manuscripts for Fast Track 25 Nov 2019
 · All Manuscripts 10 Feb 2020
Registration Opens 5 Nov 2019
Early Registration Ends 7 Jan 2019
Hotel Reservation Deadline 6  Jan 2020
Conference Begins 26 Jan 2020

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Conference Chairs
Adnan Alattar, Digimarc Corporation (United States); Nasir Memon, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University (United States); Gaurav Sharma, University of Rochester (United States)

Program Committee
Mauro Barni, Univiversity degli Studi di Siena (Italy); Sebastiano Battiato, Università degli Studi di Catania (Italy); Marc Chaumont, Laboratory d'Informatique de Robotique et de Microelectronique de Montpellier (France); Scott Craver, Binghamton University (United States); Edward Delp, Purdue University (United States); Jana Dittmann, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (Germany); Gwenaël Doërr, ContentArmor SAS (France); Jean-luc Dugelay, EURECOM (France); Touradj Ebrahimi, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Switzerland); Maha El Choubassi, Intel Corporation (United States); Jessica Fridrich, Binghamton University (United States); Anthony T.S. Ho, University of Surrey (United Kingdom); Jiwu Huang, Shenzhen University (China); Andrew Ker, University of Oxford (United Kingdom); Matthias Kirchner, Binghamton University (United States); Alex Kot, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); Chang-Tsun Li, The University of Warwick (United Kingdom); Jennifer Newman, Iowa State University (United States); William Puech, Laboratory d’Informatique de Robotique et de Microelectronique de Montpellier (France); Husrev Taha Sencar, TOBB University of Economics and Technology (Turkey); Yun-Qing Shi, New Jersey Institute of Technology (United States); Ashwin Swaminathan, Magic Leap, Inc. (United States); Robert Ulichney, HP Labs, HP Inc. (United States); Claus Vielhauer, Fachhochschule Brandenburg (Germany); Svyatoslav Voloshynovskiy, University de Genève (Switzerland); Chang Dong Yoo, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (Korea, Republic of)