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Human visual system-based color image steganography using the contourlet transform
Author(s): W. Abdul; P. Carré; P. Gaborit
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Paper Abstract

We present a steganographic scheme based on the contourlet transform which uses the contrast sensitivity function (CSF) to control the force of insertion of the hidden information in a perceptually uniform color space. The CIELAB color space is used as it is well suited for steganographic applications because any change in the CIELAB color space has a corresponding effect on the human visual system as is very important for steganographic schemes to be undetectable by the human visual system (HVS). The perceptual decomposition of the contourlet transform gives it a natural advantage over other decompositions as it can be molded with respect to the human perception of different frequencies in an image. The evaluation of the imperceptibility of the steganographic scheme with respect to the color perception of the HVS is done using standard methods such as the structural similarity (SSIM) and CIEDE2000. The robustness of the inserted watermark is tested against JPEG compression.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 January 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7541, Media Forensics and Security II, 75410U (28 January 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.838899
Show Author Affiliations
W. Abdul, Univ. de Poitiers (France)
P. Carré, Univ. de Poitiers (France)
P. Gaborit, Univ. de Limoges (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7541:
Media Forensics and Security II
Nasir D. Memon; Jana Dittmann; Adnan M. Alattar; Edward J. Delp, Editor(s)

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