The 4th ACM Workshop on Information Hiding & Multimedia Security is one of the most important international event in the field
Researchers from Europe, America and Asia will show the latest results in this field
Vigo was the town chosen for holding the 4th Workshop on Information Hiding & Multimedia Security (IH&MMSec 2016), one of the most important conferences in the field of multimedia security (media identification, biometrics, video surveillance, multimedia forensics and network security) and hiding information techniques in digital files, such as watermarking, privacy, resistant to interception and protected or hidden communication channels.
The Signal Processing in Communication Group (GPSC) -from AtlantTIC Research Center-, is responsible for the organization of this international meeting, a team of professionals with extensive experience in signal processing in communications and multimedia security research. As Fernando Pérez-González, director of GPSC says “it is always a great opportunity to bring to Vigo the leading researchers in these areas, and this selective conference is the perfect setting for the presentation and discussion of the most recent research and advances “. Under Pérez-González leadership, Professor of Signal Theory and Communications at the University of Vigo and IEEE Fellow, GPSC has also organized in 2012 the IEEE Workshop on Information Forensics and Security which, along with the 4th ACM Workshop on Information Hiding and Multimedia Security, represent the two conferences of reference on the international scene regarding information forensics and multimedia security, backed respectively by the two most prestigious institutions in electrical and electronic engineering (IEEE) and computer science (ACM).
Fernando Pérez González, en la inauguración de IH&MMSec 2016
IH&MMSec has been held at Vigo from June 20th to 22nd, and has the support of Xunta de Galicia (Galician Government), University of Vigo, Ayuntamiento de Vigo and Fundación Empresa Universidad (FEUGA); so that the implication of technology and research centers AtlantTIC, Gradiant, CNRS and CRIStAL; and the supporting companies Amped Software, Intel y Atos; and the H202 European research project WITDOM.
21 selected papers from 61 submissions from five continents
In recent years, hiding information and multimedia security research has been growing in maturity and recognition. More and more companies and people are now aware of the big amount of sensitive information available in the web and the need to protect that data.
IH&MMSec 2016 edition has received 61 submissions of researchers from five continents, highlighting countries like the United States, China, France and Germany. However, only 21 papers have been selected to be presented during the technical sessions; “only an acceptance rate of 36%, which shows our intention to preserve IH&MMSec as one of the premier conferences in this field”, explains Pérez González.
More than 50 researchers from Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, UK, USA, Canada, China, South Korea and Japan will take part in this event, which will be represented universities of Oxford, Lille, New Jersey, Innsbruck, Trento, Macao, Tsukuba, Ottawa and Salzburg, among others; research centers (CNRS, INRIA, Fraunhofer, AtlantTIC and Gradiant); and companies such as Atos, Amped Software or Morpho.
Plenary sessions: Battista Biggio and Martino Jerian
During the conference, two international experts bring their knowledge to attendees, both the academic point of view and the experience from business. On the one hand, Battista Biggio, renowned researcher at the University of Cagliary and co-founder of the company Pluribus One, expert in machine learning and computer security, will talk about Machine Learning under Attack: Vulnerability Exploitation and Security Measures. Martino Jerian, CEO and founder of Amped Software, multimedia forensics expert, will give a talk entitled Bringing Multimedia Security from the Research Lab to the Forensics Lab.
The two guest speakers highlighted the importance of such international conferences where both, researchers and companies, converge. Martino Jerian recognizes its usefulness for companies to maintain contact with the R&D environment allowing “create networks, open new avenues of research, meet people, etc.” and recalls that “we cannot have final products without research, and research without practical development will never reach the hands of users”. Battista Biggio, meanwhile, emphasizes that the realization of workshops like IH&MMSec is also important to raise awareness about the risks in multimedia security and for companies and institutions to achieve progress and make systems more secure, “which is the ultimate goal”.
On multimedia security challenges, Martino Jerian points to the multimedia authentication, a topic still poorly developed but that seems to have great potential. Battista Biggio works on secure machine learning, a field where “care should be taken” to ensure the protection of multimedia images “allowing automatic detection of modified or counterfeit images”. Both, from its company and from the University of Cagliari, Battista Biggio works mainly in computer security, and stressed that “there are a lot of threats for people who are using smart devices and social media, we have a wide range of services that take advantage of these intelligent machines, with an algorithm that analyses what we are doing”. So “on the one hand, this technology makes our life easier, because we have a lot of services; but on the other, this has generated many threats, many cybercriminals can exploit these technologies to make money, and from a criminal point of view, are exploiting our privacy and our security”.
Premios y novedades
Con el objetivo de recompensar la labor de investigación de los jóvenes con mayor potencial y proyección en el área de Information Hiding and Multimedia Security, IH&MMSec 2016 entregará dos premios a los mejores trabajos de investigación de estudiantes. Los galardones constan de un diploma acreditativo y 500 euros en metálico.
Además, este año “tendrá lugar por primera vez una sesión de ‘trabajo en curso’, que se celebrará el primer día, y en la que se presentarán trabajos aún no publicados”, explica Pérez González, que considera esta iniciativa “muy positiva” porque favorecerá la creación de alianzas y la posibilidad de recibir realimentación de los participantes sobre investigaciones que aún no han visto la luz.
Awards and news
In order to reward the research of young people with the greatest potential and projection in the area of Information Hiding and Multimedia Security, IH&MMSec 2016 deliver two awards for the best student research work. The awards consist of a diploma and 500 euros in cash.
In addition, this year “will take place for the first time a session of ‘work in progress’ to be held on the first day, and where work still unpublished will be presented”, says Perez-González, who considers this one a “very positive” initiative because it will encourage the creation of partnerships and the opportunity to receive feedback from participants on not published investigations.