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Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee

ICASSP 2012 IFS-TC Meeting Minutes

Friday 30 March 2012, 12:30 – 14:20 PM, ICASSP 2012, Kyoto, Japan
Minutes prepared by Y. Sun, V. Zhao, and M. Wu.

IFS-TC voting members: M. Wu, M. Barni, T. Furon, P. Bas, J. Huang, J. Kuo, M. Liao, G. Sharma, Y. Shi, Y. Sun, V. Zhao, A. Kot, D. Florencio (via skype), S. Rane (via skype)
Guests: C. Zhang

1. M. Wu called for the meeting at 12:30pm.

2. TC Status Report
M. Wu reported the current status of the TC, summarizing the main achievements since last meeting in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil.

  1. M. Wu reported that EDICS updates of IFS areas for ICASSP are currently under SPS Conference Board review, and will be adopted for ICASSP 2013. TIFS EDICS has been updated. Similar updates are planned for ICIP (by removing items in the new EDICS that are not relevant to ICIP such as primarily network/communication security). G. Sharma will also share his suggestion from serving as the ICIP’12 TPC Chair.
  2. M. Wu reported the new composition of TC subcommittees after the election of new members and retirement of past members. All subcommittees are in place.
  3. S. Rane reported that the TC member webpage has been updated, and the subcommittee webpage will be updated soon.

3. WIFS 2012 Progress Report

  1. WIFS 2012 Progress Report:
    1. WIFS 2012 OC has sent call-for-papers emails to many people in various topic communities and encourage them to submit papers. SPS will broadcast the call-for-papers to SPS members in about 10 days. TC members are encouraged to submit papers and support WIFS 2012. There were also discussions of SPS email broadcast to better advertise WIFS 2012. Currently, SPS has strict rules about the frequency and time framework of email broadcasts, which may not fit our needs. Wu will explore with SPS staff.
    2. WIFS 2012 OC has also set up social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. TC members are encouraged to follow WIFS 2012 on these social media.
    3. WIFS 2012 will use EasyChair for paper review.
    4. TC members are encouraged to suggest topics and potential speakers for tutorials at WIFS 2012.
  2. WIFS 2011 Report
    1. WIFS’11 had a 44% surplus including $15000 from industrial/external grants. Without this $15K grant, the surplus was 22%. There were questions/discussions about whether this big surplus could be used for our TC.
    2. Kuo reported that diversity in topics could be further improved. For some topics, WIFS 2011 received only a few papers. The TC need to make continued effort to encourage researchers in IFS area to come to WIFS, and have a minimal coverage for each main topic. The goal is to make ICASSP or WIFS or both as major gathering events for IFS researchers.
  3. Proposals for WIFS 2013 will be due in June, and we may expect one in Guangzhou, China.

4. ICASSP 2012
In ICASSP 2012, there were 79 submissions in IFS area, and 38 papers were accepted in two oral and three poster sessions. It was noted that MMSP TC also had an oral session on security/authentication with 5 papers. The TC may explore coordination with MMSP TC in future ICASSP/ICIP technical program organization.

5. The 5th page in ICASSP papers
M. Wu reported and led the discussion on the new 5th-page initiative proposed by ICASSP 2013. In ICASSP 2013, each submitted paper is allowed up to 4 pages for technical content including figures and possible references, and an optional 5th page for references only. The purpose is to enable authors to give more complete and proper literature review and to credit prior work, which may also help improve the citation number of SPS papers and allow them for a fair comparison with other fields that have longer page limit and more extensive reference citations. There were comments that we should do it to give authors the room to provide better literature survey and to improve the quality of the paper, but we should not do it just to increase the citation number. There were also concerns, most of which were about the potential abuse of the 5th page.

6. GlobalSIP and ChinaSIP
Min introduced and led the discussions on two major society-level conference initiatives, GlobalSIP and ChinaSIP.

  1. It was noted that many of recent ICASSP/ICIP were outside North America and had fewer attendees from North America. To help SPS have two major gathering events per year, a new initiative GlobalSIP is introduced, which will be similar to GlobeCom sponsored by ComSoc. It will be symposium-based annual fall meeting initially in U.S. Each TC can choose to offer a symposium track, and has the option to make their annual workshop co-located with GlobalSIP if they wish. Compared to workshops independently run by different TCs, GlobalSIP may help offer better venue, reduce the management overhead (in cost and manpower) and attract more attendees. There were concerns whether it will increase the TC review load. Wu commented that the TC can choose to have their annual workshop co-located with the GlobalSIP, and also has the option not to join GlobalSIP on particular years; so it does not necessarily increase the review workload. There are also concerns whether TCs lose their flexibility and freedom in the selection of the location and organizing team of their workshops. Wu commented that there is no obligation to join GlobalSIP, and the TC can decide what is the best, and consider GlobalSIP as an extra option.
  2. Another new initiative ChinaSIP, an annual symposium-based conference held in China, is to encourage outreach to China and get more Chinese researchers, especially students, be involved in SPS. IEEE and SPS recognize China as the top outreach area. We see more and more Chinese researchers are involved in SPS activities. However, many Chinese researchers and students have difficulties coming to SPS conferences due to various reasons, e.g., visa problem; there is also a need to foster community building for SPS related professionals and a ladder for them to reach the global stage. TC members are invited to participate in their TIGs and OCs. Other sister societies have taken actions in this direction. For example, the first ICC in China will be held in Beijing in August 2012, which is sponsored by ComSoc. Concerns were raised regarding the extra work load for TC members. M. Wu commented that each TC can decide how much they want to be involved. There were also discussions on the quality control and sustainability of ChinaSIP.

7. Award and DL nomination
J. Kuo is chairing the award nomination subcommittee, and in his EiC role for T-IFS, this also helps the TC to coordinate with the T-IFS editorial board. More details will be sent to the TC after the Award Board opens nomination and announced details in the coming months.

8. Updates on TC Challenge and SP Cup
M. Wu reported that our TC submitted a proposal on image forensics to SP Cup, which was ranked top. Wu commented that at the TC level, we need to propose a rough budget, the award money and preferred timeline.

9. IFS-related Tutorial
M. Wu commented that we should promote IFS-related tutorials online, for example, IFS-related distinguished lecture talks, WIFS tutorials, and/or seasonal schools. Video is optional, while audio plus sides also work for now.

10. Next Meeting
The next TC meeting will be held in Tenerife, Spain, during WIFS 2012 (Dec. 2-5, 2012).
The meeting was adjourned at 14:20 without objection.

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