From Mathematics to Multimedia Forensics

Publication date 15.01.2014

Ann Dooms is professor at the VUB’s Multidimensional Signal Processing and Communication (IRIS) research group, which is part of the Department of Electronics and Informatics (ETRO) and iMinds. ETRO has the mission to make sense of visionary electronics & computer engineering, whereas IRIS focuses in particular on SmartNets, Computer/Machine Vision, Medical Imaging and e-Health, Multidimensional Signal Representation, Processing, Transmission, Visualisation and Forensics.

Ann Dooms received a degree in Mathematics in 2000 and a PhD in Sciences in 2004, both from the VUB. In October 2007, she moved to ETRO-IRIS, where she founded a research team in Multimedia Forensics to discover, retrace or invert the successive operations a multimedia item - or its source - has undergone or the path it has followed, based purely on digital image processing. The team consists of several PhD students, postdocs and software engineers working on fundamental, strategic and applied projects - SRP, FWO, IWT, iMinds, NWO, EU, Getty Foundation - in a broad range of application domains both with industrial as well as societal valorization opportunities. Topics include the protection of multimedia through digital watermarking, perceptual quality assessment, compressive sensing and digital painting analysis. Ann Dooms was recently elected as a member of the Jonge Academie and was nominated for EOS magazine’s Gouden Pipet Award for the most promising young researcher in Flanders.