Still image watermarking robust to local geometric distortions

Dugelay, Jean-Luc;Roche, Stéphane;Rey, Christian;Doërr, Gwenaël J
IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Volume 15, N°9, September 2006

Geometrical distortions are the Achilles heel for many watermarking schemes. Most of countermeasures proposed in the literature only address the problem of global affine transforms (e.g. rotation, scaling and translation). In this paper, we propose an original blind watermarking algorithm robust to local geometrical distortions such as the deformations induced by Stirmark. Our method consists in adding a predefined additional information to the useful message bits at the insertion step. These additional bits are labeled as resynchronization bits or reference bits and they are modulated in the same way as the information bits. During the extraction step, the reference bits are used as anchor points to estimate and compensate for small local and global geometrical distortions. The deformations are approximated using a modified basic optical flow algorithm.

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