Special sessions

Special Session on Security and Privacy Technologies for Intelligent Energy Networks

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  • Dominik Engel, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Zekeriya Erkin, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Intelligent energy networks, often termed “Smart Grids”, introduce information and communication technologies in traditional energy grids, to enable the collection of fine-grained monitoring data and to provide bi-directional communication. This enables a variety of new use-cases, such as the widespread integration of renewable energy sources, smart charging of electric vehicles, demand response management or real-time energy pricing. However, the fine-grained, and sometimes personal, data made available in this way has led to severe security and privacy concerns. In this session, we invite papers that leverage insights from security and privacy research, also from other domains (such as multimedia security), to strike a balance between the functionality needed in smart grids and the individual requirements for privacy and security. A special focus of this session is put on the end-user domain, i.e., enhancing end-user acceptance through privacy and security technologies, including increasing user awareness.

Special Session on Security and Robustness in Biometrics

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  • Christian Rathgeb, da/sec – Biometrics and Internet Security Research Group, Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany
  • Peter Wild, Computational Vision Group, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK

Biometric systems enable reliable automatic identification or verification of humans based on physiological and/or behavioural characteristics. The need of biometric systems has seen an enormous growth in day-to-day activities due to their ease of use, accuracy and throughput.
Cutting-edge biometric recognition systems offer increased security and privacy, more robustness versus spoofing attacks, and higher temporal invariance at even more relaxed signal acquisition constraints. In order to satisfy more demanding market needs with respect to security and robustness by retaining high accuracy, scalability and usability, this special session provides a platform for discussions about recent developments in the domain.

Forensic and Biometric Challenges in Information Hiding and Media Security"

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  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Claus Vielhauer, Department of Informatics & Media, Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences Department of Informatics & Media
  • Prof. Chang-Tsun Li, Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Warwick
  • Dr. Klimis Ntalianis, Department of Marketing, Division of Computing, Technological Educational Institute of Athens
  • Nicolas Tsapatsoulis, Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Ph.D, Cyprus University of Technology

Forensic and biometric challenges in information hiding and media security address the field of analysis of digital and media data towards user authentication, as well as understanding and interpretation of potential evidence, both in physical and cyber crime scenes. The goal of this special session is to present a scope of recent research activities in domains, where classical IT security technologies are integrated towards forensic and biometric purposes. To this end, the organizers solicit researchers and practitioners to submit their original work, where methods such as biometrics, media security, pattern recognition, information hiding et cetera are converged towards forensics.

HEVC, H.264, and JPEG Security

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  • Jan De Cock, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Thomas Stütz, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Given the ubiquitous nature of multimedia data on the Internet, it has become clear that privacy of personal information should also include protection of multimedia files, along with the inherent metadata information. More and more, researchers and (standardization) organizations are looking for privacy mechanisms that take into account the specific characteristics of the multimedia data. The special session focuses on formatspecific security tools and services for HEVC, H.264, and JPEG. Contributions from the diverse the areas of multimedia security are welcome, such as media encryption, information hiding and watermarking, and forensics.