Interview of Dominik Engel
 
 
Deakins:
Hi Soldier Engel, welcome inside the hall of fame! What are you working on nowadays (when not involved in the BOWS-2 challenge)?
 
Dominik Engel:
Before BOWS? It seems like a long time ago, but I seem to remember I was working on something.
I think I was about to finish my PhD, but that's not important anymore, success is measured in decibel after all, not degrees.
 
Hale:
You are definitely right, nothing is more important in life than a true fight! Are you connected to other soldiers involved in the BOWS-2 challenge?
 
Dominik Engel:
Salzburg has been turned into a BOWS-2 stronghold. Even the Operating Systems research group is trying to hack the watermarks.
 
Hale:
Which aim was the most difficult to shoot ?
 
Dominik Engel:
Souvenir, definitely Souvenir!
 
Deakins:
Did you use the same arrows for the three images or was it a special sharp each time?
 
Dominik Engel:
By now it's two different attacks. One straightforward one that worked for the first two images (and that got me hooked on BOWS), and one really strange cascade of operations that wipes the smile of the Souvenir guy's face.
 
Hale:
What is your opinion about the BOWS challenge? Do you think it’s a useful fight?
 
Dominik Engel:
It's great! And it's more than useful: it's the perfect excuse for
procrastinating on your PhD-Thesis.
 
Deakins:
Have you some fun entering in the fight?
 
Dominik Engel:
Sure, it's a blast!
 
Hale:
Are you completely addicted or are you relax and confident?
 
Dominik Engel:
Completely hooked. And I think your detector has a psychological module built in, because whenever I am about to get too frustrated to continue BOWSing because of lacking improvement, the watermark disappears and my results increase by 0.01 dB. Always enough to keep going.
 
Hale:
Last question: in your opinion, what will be the average PSNR of the best soldier’?
 
Dominik Engel:
Uhmm, maybe 28 dB? No idea really, but I'll be ready with popcorn and beer on October 17 to watch the battle of the WM-titans in the final phase of Episode 1.
 
Deakins and Hale:
Thanks Dominik !
 
 
 
Interview of Dominik Engel
Tuesday, August 21, 2007