Digital Tampering and Forensics

Hany Farid, Computer Science Department, Dartmouth College

Friday, April 10, 2009

Spanos Auditorium

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This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

Photography lost its innocence many years ago. Shortly after the first commercially available camera was introduced, photographs were being manipulated and altered. With the advent of high-resolution digital cameras, powerful personal computers and sophisticated photo-editing software, the manipulation of digital images is becoming more common. We are seeing the impact of these technologies in nearly every corner of our lives. As the technology that allows for digital media to be manipulated and distorted is developing at break-neck speeds, our understanding of the technological, ethical, and legal implications is lagging behind. I will discuss some of these issues and describe techniques which we have developed for detecting tampering in digital media.

About the Speaker

Hany Farid received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1989. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Following a two year post-doctoral position in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, he joined the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth in 1999. Hany is the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science, and the Director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science. Hany is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, a Sloan Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

From working with federal law enforcement agencies on digital forensics, to the digital reconstruction of Ancient Egyptian tombs, Hany works and plays with digital media at the crossroads of computer science, engineering, mathematics, optics, and psychology.