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Mauro Barni  

Biography (full)

Mauro Barni graduated in electronic engineering at the University of Florence in 1991. He received the PhD in informatics and telecommunications in October 1995. 

He has carried out his research activity for  almost 20 years first at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication of the University of Florence, then at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Siena where he works as associate Professor.  


During the last decade, his activity has focused on digital image processing and information security, with particular reference to the application of image processing techniques to copyright protection and authentication of multimedia (digital watermarking). 

Lately he has been studying the possibility of processing signals that has been previously encrypted without decrypting them (signal processing in the encrypted domain  –s.p.e.d.). 

He is author/co-author of about  230  papers published in international journals and conference proceedings, and holds three patents in the field of digital watermarking. His papers on digital watermarking have significantly contributed to the development of such a theory in the last decade as it is demonstrated by the large number of citations some of these papers have received. The overall citation record of M. Barni amounts to an h-number of 31 according to Scholar Google search engine. He is co-author of the book “Watermarking Systems Engineering: Enabling Digital Assets Security and other Applications”, published by Dekker Inc. in February 2004. He is editor of the book "Document and Image Compression” published by CRC-Press in 2006. 

He has been the chairman of the IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Workshop held in Siena in 2004, and the chairman of the IV edition of the International Workshop on Digital Watermarking (IWDW 2005, Siena, September 15-17, 2005). He was the technical program chairman of the 2005 edition of the Information Hiding Workshop (Barcelona, Spain) and the VIII edition of the International Workshop on Digital Watermarking (IWDW 2009, Guildford - UK, August 2009).

In 2008, he was the recipient of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine best column award.

He has been the guest or co-guest editor of 4 special issues in international peer-reviewed journals and 10 special sessions in international conferences in the field of multimedia security. He is the founding editor in chief of the EURASIP Journal on Information Security. He serves as associate editor of the IEEE Trans. on Circuits and system for Video Technology and the  IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Ssecurity.

In the past he served as associate editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (column and forum section), the IEEE Signal Processing Letters, the  IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, the Eurasip Journal of Applied Signal Processing and the IET Proceedings on Information Security. Prof. Barni is the chairman of the IEEE Information Forensic and Security Technical Committee (IFS-TC) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He has been a member of the IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing technical committee and of the conference board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Mauro Barni is a senior member of the IEEE and EURASIP.

He participated to several National and European research projects on diverse topics, including digital watermarking, information security, signal processing in the encrypted domain. In particular, he  has been the coordinator of the project SPEED – Signal Processing in the EncryptEd Domain funded by the EC under the FP6 (FET – program) and the coordinator of the Italian project PrivWare: Privacy aware processing of encrypted signals for treating sensitive information”, funded by the Italian Ministry for the years 2009-2010.  

He is currently leading the VIPP (Visual Information Processing and Protection) group of the Telecommunication Laboratory of the Information Engineering Department at the University of Siena (http://clem.dii.unisi.it/~vipp/). The group currently consists of 7-10 members including faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students.