Abstract submission opens
1 June
 Early submission deadline 15 July
 Journal-first deadline
15 July
 Priority submission deadline 12 Aug
 Registration opens 1 Oct
 Manuscripts due for fast track
23 Nov

 Early registration ends 4 Jan
 Hotel reservation deadline
7 Jan
 Symposium begins
17 Jan
 All manuscripts due
8 Feb

Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics 2021

Conference keywords: watermarking, steganography, security, forensics, authentication

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NOTE that in recognition of the current world situation, IS&T plans to allow accepted registered authors to provide remote presentations.

Conference Overview

The ease of capturing, manipulating, distributing, and consuming digital media (e.g. images, audio, video, graphics, and text) has motivated new applications and raised a number of important security challenges to the forefront. These applications and challenges have prompted significant research and development activities in the areas of digital watermarking, steganography, data hiding, forensics, media identification, and encryption to protect the authenticity, security, and ownership of media objects. Research results in these areas have translated into new paradigms and applications to monetize media objects without violating their ownership rights.

The Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics conference is a premier destination for disseminating high-quality, cutting-edge research in these areas. The conference provides an excellent venue for researchers and practitioners to present their innovative work as well as to keep abreast with the latest developments in watermarking, security, and forensics. The technical program will also be complemented by keynote talks, panel sessions, and short demos involving both academic and industrial researchers/ practitioners. This strong focus on how research results are applied in practice by the industry gives the conference its unique flavor.

A significant feature of the conference is that the submission process only requires a structured abstract describing the work in progress. This allows researchers to present early results and fresh ideas from the laboratory to motivate new research directions in a timely manner.

2021 Conference Topics

Digital watermarking, steganography and data hiding

Algorithms, theoretical models, applications, implementation, benchmarking, security, systems, protocols, attacks, steganalysis

Media forensics and authentication

Fingerprinting and traitor tracing, device identification, content authentication, computer forensics, recovery of deleted multimedia, near duplicate image/video retrieval

Media encryption and protection

Encryption and decryption techniques, visual encryption, signal processing in the encrypted domain, digital rights management

Optical document security

Security features for banknotes, passports, ID cards and visas, substrate and printing technology, optically variable security, authentication and examination

Biometrics and user identification

Feature extraction and management, security, attacks and countermeasures, multimodal biometric, biometric template protection and authentication, biometric systems and protocols, biometric for mobile computing applications

Media identification and physical object identification and interaction

Watermarking, digital fingerprinting, robust hashing, media database search, mobile visual search, data hardware security, packaging protection, RFID tags, barcode technology, near field communication (NFC), the Internet of things, big data

Autonomous technology security and privacy

Autonomous vehicles, self driving cars, collaborate robots and drones

2021 Special Sessions


2021 Committee

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) (Republic of Korea)

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