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Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee

WIFS 2010 IFS-TC Meeting Minutes

Tuesday 14 December, 12:30 - 1:15 pm and 5:15 - 6:25 pm, WIFS 2010, Kirkland, WA, USA
Minutes prepared by Min Wu and Mauro Barni.

IFS-TC voting members: M. Barni, G. Doërr, J. Fridrich, S. Katzenbeisser, D. Kirovski, N. Memon, M. Wu
IFS-TC new members effective 2011: P. Campisi, T. Furon, S. Rane
IFS-TC Associate members: D. Florencio (Microsoft research, WIFS Technical Co-Chair)

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

2. TC Status Report
Barni reported the current state of the TC. Overall, major subcommittees are in place and operating in good pace. He summarized the TC’s status and major progress in several areas:

  • Membership subcommittee conducted new member election and Vice Chair election. Nine new members were elected. This addition brings the TC size to a steady state of around 30 members in 2011. Thus starting from 2011, about one third of the members will retire each year and new members elected.
  • Min Wu was elected as Vice Chair. The TC leadership structure now complies with the new SPS TC bylaw guideline, which removed the TC Secretary position and put in a 2-year Vice Chair position who will then become the TC Chair.
  • The TC website is operating and up-to-date, thanks to effort by Doërr and Zhao.
  • The TC has successfully nominated the first Distinguished Lecturer, Nasir Memon, for 2011-2012. It was discussed that the TC will continue the effort to nominate strong candidates in IFS areas.
  • WIFS 2010 was successfully held. More details are discussed in item#3 by Barni and the Workshop Chairs.
  • WIFS 2011 organizing team and location have been decided. The TC voted to approve the proposal to host WIFS 2011 in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil, in November 2011. The organizing team of WIFS 2011 was able to give a brief welcome presentation to WIFS 2010 attendees and distribute a Call-for-Papers. In addition, there are multiple teams that have shown interests to bid for WIFS 2012. It was anticipated that the selection of WIFS 2012 will be done in a bit earlier time frame than this year, and be decided and announced during WIFS 2011. The good prospect of WIFS 2011 and 2012 is a significant progress showing that this new Workshop series is getting into a steady state.

3. WIFS 2010
Barni and Workshop Chairs Kirovski, Florencio, and Memon gave reports on WIFS 2010. Many aspects of the workshop have shown very encouraging progress, considering this is only the 2nd edition of a new workshop.
Despite being put together within a very short period time early this year, the Workshop has received a very good amount of submission and attendance. About 130 papers were submitted, out of which 39 papers were accepted to a single oral track; the acceptance rate is 28%. The competitive acceptance rate did not affect the attendance: about 100 people registered, including a good number of industry colleagues. This 2.5:1 ratio of attendees to accepted papers is very competitive among SPS workshops. There is not a single no-show.
Topic areas of the papers as well as the background of attendees are quite diverse: in addition to the traditionally strong areas on multimedia security such as watermarking, steganography, and image forensics, the workshop has attracted work and people from hardware security areas, biometrics, network/communication security, and applied cryptography. Two keynote talks were well attended and received.
The Workshop received strong industrial support from Microsoft, Boeing, Technicolor, and Digimarc.
It was suggested that the website subcommittee work with the past WIFS organizers to archive the e-version of the conference program booklets on the TC website.

4. Work Plan and Areas to Improve in 2011
Barni led the discussions on areas to be worked on for 2011.

  • Award nomination and endorsement: Based on issues arising from this and previous years, it was noted that the procedures need clarification and improvement. The new TC Policy & Procedure will address this (see item#5 below).
    Meeting attendees also brainstormed possible ways to increase more nominations, especially for paper awards. For example, to be more proactive and develop some mechanism to build a list when seeing good papers during the year instead of waiting till the short nomination period; to bring potential papers to the TC members’ attention using citation counts (while keeping in mind the limitations of such metrics); etc.
  • Affiliate and Associate Members: Meeting attendees discussed what the TC may expect from each of these two groups of non-voting members and how to engage them.
    General involvement and policies for these two groups are described in the new TC Bylaws and Policy & Procedures. It was suggested that emails of call-for-nominations for awards, Distinguished Lecturers, and new member elections will be sent to these nonvoting members.
    At a given year, General and Technical Chairs of the previous year’s and future years’ WIFS will be invited as Associate Members and invited to attend TC meetings. The TC may review the involvement of Associate Members in the coming years and consider later how the TC may engage the AEs of T-IFS. It was suggested that the email discussions of TC matters will be sent to Associate Members and encourage them to participate in the discussion, although they will not vote during the voting stage.
  • TC members also discussed potential activities and areas of development for industry and education subcommittees, such as help mentor students and junior colleagues’ career development. Doërr discussed TC’s participation in the SP Job Marketplace initiative organized by the SPS industry membership committee.
  • Florencio brought to the TC’s attention of the IFS related track in ICME. The TC will explore a process on how to participate, such as help with paper reviews, etc.
  • Barni led discussions on how to boost the ICASSP submissions and where to host TC meetings that have a good potential to reach a quorum. It was suggested that the TC explores with the Society leadership for a notion of “IFS Track at ICASSP”: it is intended to retain the current paper review and organization logistics, and provide a more appealing names to the broad IFS community (than the ICASSP names that may not be appeal to IFS people with less a signal processing focus), and encourage more to submit IFS related papers to and attend ICASSP. Impact on WIFS will also need to be considered.
    The TC will continue to host meetings at ICASSP and WIFS, and will explore the feasibility for providing call-in option for members who cannot attend the meeting.
  • Barni led a discussion on the idea of organizing some challenge/contest on suitable IFS topics of interests. The intent is to increase TC’s visibility, advance the state-of-the-art, and engage the IFS community; this kind of activities not only fits very well with the nature of many IFS problems, but also is in line with some visibility/outreach ideas discussed at the Society-level long range planning. Active discussions were carried out regarding the topics, the level/nature of the challenge, the development of the challenge, the required level of resources (funding, hosting facilities, man power, etc), etc. It was agreed that the TC will look into more details of this potential activity in the coming year.
  • Other items to work on for 2011 includes updating EDICS and TC review by the Society during ICASSP 2011. Barni will coordinate these efforts.

5. New TC Bylaws
Wu led the discussion on a working draft of the new TC Bylaw and Policy & Procedure (P&P) that were sent to the TC for review before this meeting. This effort is to make the TC Bylaw and P&P to be consistent with the Society’s new Bylaws and P&P on TC operations.
Major updates compared to the old TC documents include:
(1) the bylaw part has been made succinct and many details of procedural/policy nature have been moved into the P&P part;
(2) award nomination and endorsement policy and procedure have been updated and clarified, especially to address issues and confusions arising from past nominations;
and (3) member election procedure has been updated and clarified.
It was agreed on that after incorporating minor clarifications and suggestions made in the meeting and by email, the new TC Bylaw and P&P are sent to the TC for a vote. The Bylaws require 2/3 approval of all members with voting rights, while the P&P requires simple majority approval.

6. Next meeting
The next TC meeting will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, during the ICASSP 2011 in May 2011.
The meeting was adjourned without objection.

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