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Kannan Karthik

Dr. Kannan Karthik

Associate Professor

Key Research Areas : Utilizing information leakage in non-perfect secret sharing schemes for traitor tracing (merging shared access control with fingerprinting). Constructing traceable pseudonyms (Anonymous fingerprinting) Secure biometric authentication based on partially encrypted data. Encryption transparent image and video hashing. Privacy preserving computation. Parametric transforms for domain randomization. Watermark detection in the encrypted domain. Public key and asymmetric watermarking. Construction of frameproof and collusion secure semi-fragile fingerprints. Fine-grained access control of Multimedia. Soft encryption schemes for joint fingerprinting and decryption.

Phone No: +91-361-2582516 (O) | Email: k.karthik@iitg.ac.in| Room No: 202

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  • PhD from ECE-department, University of Toronto, CANADA (2001 to 2006)
    • Advisor: Prof. Dimitrios Hatzinakos
    • Area: Multimedia Security: THESIS: Methodologies for Access Control and Fingerprinting of Multimedia
    • Contribution-1: Inspired by Ross-Anderson's Chameleon cipher, the problem of integrating watermarking, encryption, compression and collusion secure encoding was explored via the JOINT FINGERPRINTING AND DECRYPTION (JFD) architecture.
    • Contribution-2: Design and deployment of a NON-PERFECT SECRET SHARING SCHEME coined as MIX-SPLIT, for facilitating simutaneous access-control with traitor tracing. 
  • M. Eng from Memorial University, CANADA (1999 to 2001)
    • Advisor: Prof. John Quaicoe
    • Area: Power Electronics and Controls (Active filters)
    • Primary Contribution: Design of a PRECISE harmonic extraction unit using DELAYS, which worked for un-balanced 3-phase loads. 
  • B. E. from K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering (KJSCE) (University of Mumbai) (1994 to 1998) 
    • ​​​​​​​Advisor-1 (Academia, KJSCE); Dr. Ganesh Bhokare and
    • Advisor-2 (Industry): Mr. T. Sridhar (Crompton Greaves Ltd., Kanjurmarg, Mumbai)
    • Collaborative project (other members): Ritesh R. Parekh and Siddharth Pandit
    • Area: Active filters applied to Power Electronics and Power Systems 
    • Main Contribution: Design of a control strategy for a BANG-BANG controller to ensure a SINUSOIDAL LINE CURRENT PROFILE

(Current) EE522: Statistical Signal Processing (Jan to May 2023/2024)

EE230: Probability and Random Processes (Jan to May 2020/21)

EE204: Circuit Theory (July to Nov 2019/20/21)

EE636: Detection and Estimation theory (Jan to April 2018/2019; Aug to November 2022/2023)

EC636: Detection and Estimation theory (Estimation part) (Jan-Apr 2009)

EE660: Biometrics (July to Nov 2018; Jan to May 2022)

EE525: Optimal and Adaptive Signal Processing (Jan to April 2015/2016/2017)

EE531: Communication System Theory (current: Aug to Nov 2015/2016/2017)

EE521: Digital Signal Processing (Aug to Dec 2012)

EC331: Communications Lab (Aug to Nov 2010/2011/2012/2014)

EC638: Multimedia Security (Jan to May 2011/2012/2013/2014)

EC330: Digital Communication (Aug to Nov 2010/2011) 

EC230: Principles of Communication (Jan-Apr 2010)

EC320: Digital Signal Processing (Aug-Dec 2008/2009/2013/2014)

EC333: Communication Networks (Jan-Apr 2008)


1. Kannan Karthik and Dimitrios Hatzinakos, "Multimedia Encoding for Access Control with Traitor Tracing: Balancing Secrecy, Privacy and Traceability", 0 , VDM Verlag Dr. Muller E. K. , (DOI - 9783836436380) ,pp.168 pages [2008].

Journal Publications

1. Balaji Rao Katika and Kannan Karthik, "Image life trails based on contrast reduction models for face counter-spoofng", EURASIP Journal on Information Security [2023]. , https://doi.org/10.1186/s13635-022-00135-8

2. Chakraborty S., Karthik K., Banik S., "Graph Synthesis for Pig Breed Classification from Muzzle Images", IEEE Access , vol.9 , (DOI - 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3111957) ,pp.127240-127258, [2021].

3. Katika B.R., Karthik K., "Face anti-spoofing by identity masking using random walk patterns and outlier detection", Pattern Analysis and Applications , vol.23, issue 4 , (DOI - 10.1007/s10044-020-00875-8) ,pp.1735-1754, [2020].

4. Malik P., Karthik K., "Correction of complex purple fringing by green-channel compensation and local luminance adaptation", IET Image Processing , vol.14, issue 1 , (DOI - 10.1049/iet-ipr.2019.0732) ,pp.154-167, [2020].

5. Malik P., Karthik K., "Iterative content adaptable purple fringe detection", Signal, Image and Video Processing , vol.12, issue 1 , (DOI - 10.1007/s11760-017-1144-1) ,pp.181-188, [2018].

6. Karthik K., Kashyap S., "Transparent hashing in the encrypted domain for privacy preserving image retrieval", Signal, Image and Video Processing , vol.7, issue 4 , (DOI - 10.1007/s11760-013-0471-0) ,pp.647-664, [2013].

7. Karthik K., "Constructing intrinsic image signatures by random downsampling and differential mean-median information", International Journal of Tomography and Statistics , vol.22, issue 1 ,pp.112-144, [2013].

8. Das P., Karthik K., Chandra Garai B., "A robust alignment-free fingerprint hashing algorithm based on minimum distance graphs", Pattern Recognition , vol.45 , (DOI - 9) ,pp.3373-3388, [2012]. , 10.1016/j.patcog.2012.02.022

9. Karthik K., Hatzinakos D., "Decryption key design for joint fingerprinting and decryption in the sign bit plane for multicast content protection", International Journal of Network Security , vol.4, issue 3 ,pp.254-265, [2007].

10. Deepa Kundur and Kannan Karthik, "Video fingerprinting and encryption principles for digital rights management", Proceedings of the IEEE , vol.92 , (DOI - 6) ,pp.918-932, [2004]. , doi: 10.1109/JPROC.2004.827356

Conference Publications

1. Karthik K., Malik P., "Blind Quality Assessment of PFA-Affected Images Based on Chromatic Eigenvalue Ratio", Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing , vol.1022 AISC , (DOI - 10.1007/978-981-32-9088-4_6) ,pp.59-70, [2020].

2. Katika B.R., Karthik K., "Face Anti-spoofing Based on Specular Feature Projections", Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing , vol.1022 AISC , (DOI - 10.1007/978-981-32-9088-4_13) ,pp.145-155, [2020].

3. Chakraborty S., Karthik K., Banik S., "Investigation on the Muzzle of a Pig as a Biometric for Breed Identification", Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing , vol.1022 AISC , (DOI - 10.1007/978-981-32-9088-4_7) ,pp.71-83, [2020].

4. Karthik K., Katika B.R., "Identity Independent Face Anti-spoofing Based on Random Scan Patterns", Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) , vol.11941 LNCS , (DOI - 10.1007/978-3-030-34869-4_1) ,pp.3-12, [2019].

5. Karthik K., Chakraborty S., Banik S., "Muzzle Analysis for Biometric Identification of Pigs", 2017 9th International Conference on Advances in Pattern Recognition, ICAPR 2017 , (DOI - 10.1109/ICAPR.2017.8593204) ,pp.239-244, [2018].

6. Karthik K., Balaraman H., "Key independent encrypted face clustering", 2017 IEEE International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems, ICIIS 2017 - Proceedings , vol.2018-January , (DOI - 10.1109/ICIINFS.2017.8300398) ,pp.1-6, [2018].

7. Karthik K., Katika B.R., "Face anti-spoofing based on sharpness profiles", 2017 IEEE International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems, ICIIS 2017 - Proceedings , vol.2018-January , (DOI - 10.1109/ICIINFS.2017.8300354) ,pp.1-6, [2018].

8. Karthik K., Malik P., "Purple fringing aberration detection based on content-adaptable thresholds", Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies , vol.79 , (DOI - 10.1007/978-981-10-5828-8_7) ,pp.63-71, [2018].

9. Karthik K., Katika B.R., "Image quality assessment based outlier detection for face anti-spoofing", 2017 2nd International Conference on Communication Systems, Computing and IT Applications, CSCITA 2017 - Proceedings , (DOI - 10.1109/CSCITA.2017.8066527) ,pp.72-77, [2017].

10. Malik P., Karthik K., "Limitation of PFA-events as a forensic tool", 2017 4th International Conference on Signal Processing and Integrated Networks, SPIN 2017 , (DOI - 10.1109/SPIN.2017.8049940) ,pp.181-187, [2017].

11. Karthik K., Balaraman H., "Relative frequency maps for face recognition", 2016 22nd National Conference on Communication, NCC 2016 , (DOI - 10.1109/NCC.2016.7561079) [2016].

12. Karthik K., "Key search and adaptation based on association rules for backward secrecy", 2015 IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security, WIFS 2015 - Proceedings , (DOI - 10.1109/WIFS.2015.7368582) [2015].

13. Malik P., Karthik K., "Detection of purple fringing aberration patterns and its application to forensic analysis of spliced images", 2015 International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics, ICACCI 2015 , (DOI - 10.1109/ICACCI.2015.7275812) ,pp.1421-1427, [2015].

14. Ranjani S.S., Karthik K., Bora P.K., Abdulkareem V., "Multi-band sum of spectrogram based audio fingerprinting of Indian film songs for multi-lingual song retrieval", 2015 International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics, ICACCI 2015 , (DOI - 10.1109/ICACCI.2015.7275811) ,pp.1414-1420, [2015].

15. Sri Ranjani S., Abdulkareem V., Karthik K., Bora P.K., "Application of SHAZAM-based audio fingerprinting for multilingual indian song retrieval", Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering , vol.347 , (DOI - 10.1007/978-81-322-2464-8_6) ,pp.81-92, [2015].

16. Sodhani P., Bordia A., Karthik K., "Blind Content Independent Noise Estimation for Multimedia Applications", Procedia Computer Science , vol.54 , (DOI - 10.1016/j.procs.2015.06.063) ,pp.549-557, [2015].

17. Manikanta V.S., Karthik K., "Image similarity based on eigen-correspondences", 2013 Annual IEEE India Conference, INDICON 2013 , (DOI - 10.1109/INDCON.2013.6726067) [2013].

18. Karthik K., "Virtually reconfigurable secure wireless networks using broadcast tokens", Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) , vol.7873 LNCS , (DOI - 10.1007/978-3-642-38631-2_45) ,pp.599-606, [2013].

19. Das P., Karthik K., Chandra Garai B., "An effficient hybrid fingerprint matching algorithm", Proceedings - 2011 3rd National Conference on Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Image Processing and Graphics, NCVPRIPG 2011 , (DOI - 10.1109/NCVPRIPG.2011.39) ,pp.150-153, [2011].

20. Praveen R.G., Madhavaraj A., Karthik K., "A code and domain independent traitor tracing system based on the eigen-decomposition of fingerprinted images", ICIIP 2011 - Proceedings: 2011 International Conference on Image Information Processing , (DOI - 10.1109/ICIIP.2011.6108830) [2011].

21. Suresh N., Karthik K., "Secure fingerprint embedding based on modified GDFT based parametric transform", ICIIP 2011 - Proceedings: 2011 International Conference on Image Information Processing , (DOI - 10.1109/ICIIP.2011.6108858) [2011].

22. Kashyap S., Karthik K., "Authenticating encrypted data", 2011 National Conference on Communications, NCC 2011 , (DOI - 10.1109/NCC.2011.5734696) [2011].

23. Karthik K., Hatzinakos D., "MIX-SPLIT: Controlled mixing of secrets and traceable pseudonym generation using codebooks", 2010 IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security, WIFS 2010 , (DOI - 10.1109/WIFS.2010.5711443) [2010].

24. Karthik K., Hatzinakos D., "Secure group authentication using a non-perfect secret sharing scheme based on controlled mixing", Proceedings of INDICON 2009 - An IEEE India Council Conference , (DOI - 10.1109/INDCON.2009.5409481) [2009].

25. Karthik K., Hatzinakos D., "A unified approach to construct non-perfect secret sharing and traitor tracing schemes", Proceedings of The 2007 International Conference on Security and Management, SAM'07 ,pp.83-89, [2007].

26. Karthik K., Hatzinakos D., "A novel anti-collusion coding scheme tailored to track linear collusions", Proceedings - IAS 2007 3rd Internationl Symposium on Information Assurance and Security , (DOI - 10.1109/IAS.2007.41) ,pp.484-489, [2007].

27. Karthik K., Kundur D., Hatzinakos D., "Joint fingerprinting and decryption for multimedia content tracing in wireless networks", Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering , vol.5403, issue PART 1 , (DOI - 10.1117/12.542777) ,pp.360-370, [2004].

28. Karthik Kannan Quaicoe J.E., "Voltage compensation and harmonic suppression using series active and shunt passive filters", Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering , vol.1 ,pp.582-586, [2000].

Patent number:499022 GRANTED on Jan 12th, 2024

Application/Reference No.: 201741011081


Authors: Kannan Karthik, Ramasetty Ramarao and Hemavathy Muthuswamy

[based on CONSULTANCY PROJECT with Bharat Electronics Ltd., Central Research Laboratory (CRL)] (work done from 2013 for 2+ years)

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