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Can Smart Cameras protect our Privacy?

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Host: Peter Lewis

We are surrounded by millions of cameras in our everyday life, and many of these networked cameras capture and analyze sensitive personal data. There do exist a few, partial approaches towards security and privacy protection in camera networks, but systematically establishing a secure and privacy preserving camera network is still an open research question. Smart cameras may overcome these limitations; they perform substantial image processing onboard delivering only features of the observed scene and collaborate to solve some problems of centralized or single-camera systems. In this overview talk I will introduce smart cameras and their potential for various applications. I will then focus on our embedded trustworthy smart camera that exploits hardware-based cryptographic functions to provide security guarantees for streamed videos and data. This security-enabled camera can be used to protect the privacy of the captured persons and to provide user-feedback. Selected case studies of smart cameras networks will conclude this talk.


Bernhard Rinner is professor at the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria where he is heading the Pervasive Computing group. He is deputy head of the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems and served as vice dean of the Faculty of Technical Sciences from 2008- 2011. Before joining Klagenfurt he was with Graz University of Technology and held research positions at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and 1998/99. His current research interests include embedded computing, embedded video and computer vision, sensor networks and pervasive computing. Bernhard Rinner has been co-founder and general chair of the ACM /IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras and has served as chief editor of a special issue on this topic in The Proceedings of the IEEE . Currently, he is Associate Editor for Ad Hoc Networks Journal and EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems. Together with partners from four European universities he has jointly initiated the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program on Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE).

This talk is part of the Computer Science Departmental Series series.

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