Taras Holotyak


Dr. Taras Holotyak received MSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, Ukraine, in 1997 and 2001. From 2003–2005, he was employed as a post doctoral fellow at the State University of New York at Binghamton, USA. Since 2006, he pursued a PhD degree in computer sciences with the Stochastic Information Processing (SIP) Group, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Geneva. After the PhD defence in 2012, he has been collaborating with the SIP group as a post doctoral researcher. 

He has coauthored over 70 journal and conference papers.


Research Interests

  • content fingerprinting
  • modeling of privacy and security in multimedia management systems
  • privacy preserving identification/authentication protocols and algorithms
  • information-theoretic aspects of digital watermarking and steganography technologies
  • steganalysis of hidden multimedia communications
  • stochastic modeling of multimedia and digital data hiding
  • smart sensors and distributed antenna arrays for secure and low-complexity object classification


At University of Geneva I have been involved in the following courses:

  • Elements of multiuser information theory and wireless communications
  • Advanced image processing
  • Multimedia security

At Lviv Polytechnic National University I taught:

  • Digital signal processing
  • Theory of signals




  • The Second Prize for the Best Young Author Paper "Adaptive Aperture Formation Matched with Radiometry Image Spatial Spectrum" on XII International Conference on Microwaves & Radar, MIKON'98, Krakow, Poland, May 20-22, 1998
  • IEE Younger Member Conference Bursary award on IEE Second International Conference on "The detection of abandoned landmines", Edinburgh, UK, October 12-14, 1998
  • Award of Lviv regional administration for success in scientific and innovation work, 2002
  • Award of Ministry Cabinet of Ukraine for young scientists, 2002

Reviewer for:

  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
  • IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
  • IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
  • EURASIP Journal on Information Security 
  • ELSEVIER Journal on Computer Standards and Interfaces
  • International Journal of Image and Graphics
  • Springer Multimedia Tools and Applications