In the digital information age, multimedia content such as text, image, audio, video and 3D computer graphics models can be easily copied, manipulated and distributed over the open channel. This makes copyright protection, ownership identification, content authentication, and identity theft challenging issues to the content owner and distributors. Recently, data hiding techniques have developed very fast and have applied to many applications, such as e-government, military, communication, medical/healthcare, privacy protection, identification, media file archiving, broadcast monitoring, remote education and insurance companies, secure e-voting systems, digital cinema, fingerprinting and so on. Digital watermarking is a data hiding technique for inserting multimedia information, also known as a watermark, into multimedia data, which can be later extracted or detected for a variety of purposes including identification and authentication. In addition to providing security, this technique can also be used to recognise the source, owner, distributor or creator of the data.
The objective of this special issue is to call for all future research aspects and directions, state-of-the-art approaches and methodologies, and most recent developments related to this specific area.
We invite researchers to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will seek the continuing efforts to understand the advanced techniques that lead to future improvements for the multimedia watermarking.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Data hiding techniques for multimedia security
- Steganography and steganalysis
- Digital forensics for multimedia data
- Biometrics for multimedia
- Multimedia applications
- Text/image/audio/video delivery over open channels
- Electronic security
- Protection systems against personal identity theft
- Multimedia communications and services
- Integrity verification of multimedia content
Submission of manuscripts: 31 January, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2017
Revised paper submission: 30 April, 2017
Final version due: 15 June, 2017