Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering - (Ph.D.)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Yun Q. Shi
Constantine N. Manikopoulos
The detection and robustness of the watermark signal is studied from a communications point of view. The contributions of this dissertation are presented in two parts. The first part, which covers the detection aspect, introduces a new digital image watermarking approach that embeds meaningful information in a copyright protection watermark signal; demonstrates the need to approach the watermark signal as a power-constrained signal; studies the relationship between the watermark signal dimension and the image capacity to the signal; explains the similarities and differences between detecting the watermark signal and detecting a signal over a spread-spectrum communication channel; and analyzes the application of sequence detection techniques (MAPSD and MLSD) to the watermark signal. The second part, which covers the robustness aspect, introduces a novel multidimensional interleaving algorithm that increases the signal's robustness against burst errors; presents, analyzes, and compares two techniques for implementing the algorithm (a sliding window technique and a successive partitioning technique); and demonstrates the increase in watermark signal robustness as a result of applying this multidimensional interleaving. This increase of the signal's robustness is shown in the 2-D case by applying the 2-D version of the interleaving algorithm to watermark signals embedded in still images (where the signal layout is in 2-D), and in the 3-D case by applying the 3-D version of the interleaving algorithm to watermark signals embedded in video sequences (where the signal layout is in 3-D).
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