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Mauro Barni

FULL PROFESSOR

Short Biography

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 more than 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 full Professor.

His activity focuses on digital image processing and information security, with particular reference to the application of image processing techniques to copyright protection (digital watermarking) and authentication of multimedia (multimedia forensics). 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.). Lately he has been working on theoretical and practical aspects of adversarial signal processing.

He is author/co-author of about 300 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings, he holds four patents in the field of digital watermarking and one patent dealing with anticounterfeiting technology. 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 53 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. He was the technical program co-chair of ICASSP 2014 and the technical program chairman of the 2005 edition of the Information Hiding Workshop, the VIII edition of the International Workshop on Digital Watermarking and the V edition of the IEEE Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS 2013). In 2008, he was the recipient of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine best column award. In 2010 he was awarded the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing best paper award. He was the recipient of the Individual Technical Achievement Award of EURASIP EURASIP for 2016.

He was the Editor in chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security from 2015 to 2017. He was the founding editor in chief of the EURASIP Journal on Information Security. He has been a member of the editorial board of several journals including, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, IEEE Trans. on Circuits and system for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, the Eurasip Journal of Applied Signal Processing and the IET Proceedings on Information Security.

From 2010 to 2011, Prof. Barni has been 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 fellow member of the IEEE and senior member of EURASIP. He was appointed distinguished lecturer by the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the years 2013-2014.

He participated to several national and international research projects on diverse topics, including digital watermarking, information security, signal processing in the encrypted domain and multimedia forensics. In 2005, he founded the VIPP group (Visual Information Processing and Protection) of the Telecommunication Laboratory of the Department of Information Enginerring and Mathematics at the University of Siena. 

Research
His major research interest through the last decade has been focused on the development of a rigorous and comprehensive theory of digital watermarking and the exploitation of psychovisual aspects within such a technology. He has pioneered the new field of signal processing in the encrypted domain (SSP), that has gained an increasing attention from several research communities including the signal processing and the cryptographic communities. Other research interests include distributed source coding for compression of hyperspectral images and multimedia forensics.

He is a supporter of the reproducible research paradigm as a way to align the quality standards of experimental analysis in signal processing to those of experimental sciences.

Lately he has been working on Multimedia Forensics, with particular attention to the impact that the presence of an adversary has on the achievable performance of Multimedia Forensics tools. Such an activity led him to the study of adversarial signal processing a new research field where signal processing tools and concepts form game theory are used together to study the interplay between a legitimate player aiming at analyzing signals and an adversary who tries to impede the analysis.
Publications

I am author/co-author of about 300 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings, and hold four patents in the field of digital watermarking. My papers on digital watermarking have significantly contributed to the development of such a theory in the last decade. I am co-author of the book “Watermarking Systems Engineering: Enabling Digital Assets Security and other Applications”, published by Dekker Inc. in February 2004. I am the editor of the book “Document and Image Compression” published by CRC-Press in 2006. My citation record according to Google Scholar includes more than 12600 citations and an h-number equal to 54 (as of June 2018).

Teaching

He is currently teaching two courses: Information Theory and Cybersecurity.

Starting from March 16, the classes of Cybersecurity will be held telematically according to the usual timetable.

Tutorials 
You can find the slides of some of the latest tutorial talks here.

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