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Secure and Reliable Image Management using Watermarking

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAB07-01-C-K205
Agency Tracking Number: A002-0934
Amount: $69,904.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2001
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Post Office Drawer 719
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
United States
DUNS: 062090113
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jiri Fridrich
 Senior Scientist/Engineer
 (607) 797-4660
Business Contact
 Scot Fries
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 963-8761
Research Institution

In this Phase I SBIR research, MRC proposes to develop new information protection andassurance technology based on robust and fragile digital watermarking. In particular,we will develop secure image authentication and integrity verificationtechniquescapable of localizing changes in images and estimating the extent of the modifications.The techniques will be compatible with the public key encryption infrastructure andwill enable convenient secure distribution of imagry between all militarysubjectsincluding mobile battlefield agents. Also, a new class of self-embedding techniqueswill be developed that will enable images to repair themselves after intentional orunintentional damage. Such smart images will significantly increase the securityandreliability of data transmission from and to agents in the battlefield. We furtherpropose a class of robust watermarking techniques that can be combined with the fragile authentication watermarks to build hybrid watermarking schemes capableofdistinguishing innocent (or allowed) changes including lossy compression or imageenhancement, from malicious changes, such as feature removal or adding. Finally, allproposed watermarking techniques will be flexible, expandable, applicable to allimageformats, and compatible with all existing and future battlefield agents. Thewatermarking algorithms will be implemented in a software product running on Windows95/98/2000/NT platforms.Cryptographically secure fragile authentication techniques, hybridwatermarkingschemes, and self-embedding techniques have important applications in a variety ofcommercial areas, including trusted imagery in court, secure hardware/image links,intelligent imagery, and secure image author/image links. Companies that dealwithencryption, intellectual property protection, multimedia, internet commerce,steganography, and general imagery could all benefit from development of the proposedtechnologies. The authentication algorithms developed from this research could alsobeimplemented directly in the hardware of secure surveillance digital cameras andvideo-cameras.

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