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Multimedia_forensics_workshopTwo-day Workshop on Multimedia Forensics & Information Security was organized on 5-6 May 2014 at the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.

This workshop was sponsored by National Science Technology and Innovation Plan (NSTIP) of Saudi Arabia under the funded project entitled, “Digital Multimedia Forensics”. The workshop was targeted both at researchers working on innovative multimedia forensics technology and experts developing tools in this field.

The workshop was attended by a large number of attendees, including faculty, students, researchers and professionals. The following three invited keynote speakers presented talks on different thematic multimedia forensics and information security topics.

  • Professor Shi-Jinn Horng, National Taiwan University of Science & Technology, Taiwan
  •  H. Malik, University of Michigan, USA
  • Basel Al-Omair, King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia

Invited speakers discussed that the rapid growth of multimedia collections worldwide opens new challenges to multimedia technology with respect to crime prevention and investigation. The protection of images, video, and audio data from illegal use, as well as its exploitation in forensics and intelligence, have become serious challenges as the sheer data volume renders a full manual inspection by an expert impossible. Tools are needed to support the protection, management, processing, interpretation, and visualization of multimedia data in the different steps of the investigation process.

Speakers highlighted that many exciting solutions for related problems have been developed in the multimedia research community (including knowledge extraction, categorization, indexing, browsing and visualization), forming an excellent basis for forensics and intelligence. However, due to the complexity of the targeted material, the lack of structure and meta-data, and other application-specific constraints, approaches must be tailored, adapted, and extended. The value of information security and its applications were also underscored during the workshop proceedings.

On 6 May 2014, a digital multimedia forensics training session was also organized, in which faculty, professionals and students learnt the new aspects of multimedia forensics technology and performed hands-on lab experiments with modern forensics tools/utilities.

Lastly, the organizers of workshop paid special thanks to the NSTIP and King Saud University administration for their generous support and logistics in holding the successful workshop and hoped that this kind of activities will certainly boom the research culture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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