A Digital Watermarking Algorithm Using Correlation of the Tree Structure of DWT Coefficients

Young-Ho SEO
Soon-Young CHOI
Sung-Ho PARK
Dong-Wook KIM

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E87-A    No.6    pp.1347-1354
Publication Date: 2004/06/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Papers Selected from 2003 International Technical Conference on Circuits/Systems, Computers and Communications (ITC-CSCC 2003))
DWT,  watermarking,  multi-resolution,  energy correlation,  real-time,  quantization indices (QXs),  

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This paper proposed a watermarking algorithm for image, which assumed an image compression based on DWT (Discrete Wavelet Transform). To reduce the amount of computation, this algorithm selects the watermarking positions by a threshold table which is statistically established from computing the energy correlation of the corresponding wavelet coefficients. The proposed algorithm can operate in a real-time if the image compression process operates in a real-time because the watermarking process was designed to operate in parallel with the compression process. Also it improves the property of losing the watermak and reducing the compresson ratio by the quantization and Huffman coding steps. It was done by considering the sign of the coefficients and the change in the value for watermarking. Visually recognizable pattern such as a binary image were used as the watermark. The experimental results showed that the proposed algorithm satisfied the properties of robustness and imperceptibility that are the major conditions of watermarking.