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Farid Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Award to support research on digital image forensics
Hany Farid
Hany Farid

Associate Professor of Computer Science Hany Farid has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Farid's award will support his work in digital image forensics.

According to the Guggenheim Foundation press release, the fellows "are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment." The Guggenheim Fellowship program provides support so Fellows can work with as much creative freedom as possible. The 2006 fellowship winners include 187 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from almost 3,000 applicants for awards totaling more than $7.5 million.

Carol Folt, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences and professor of biological sciences, says, "I am so pleased that Hany has been recognized for his distinctive and pioneering research in computer science with this prestigious award. His work is highly innovative. He exemplifies the interdisciplinary scholar at Dartmouth as he pursues research and teaching with colleagues from the arts, social sciences, and sciences. His dynamic teaching has also enriched our curriculum and contributed to a growing field of interest nationwide. We're proud to have him here."

Farid's work examines the mathematics and statistics behind digital media, including images, audio recordings, and video. He has developed algorithms that can determine whether digital media have been altered or manipulated, and which can be applied to questions in court cases, of scientific legitimacy, and in art authentication. He is also interested in the digital reconstruction of ancient Egyptian tombs, for which he creates undistorted panoramic views of tomb interiors. In addition to publishing dozens of academic papers, his research has been featured in the popular media with prominent stories in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, BBC Radio, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, The Economist, and Newsweek. He is regularly called upon to testify in cases where the veracity of digital photos is in question.

"I've always been interested in thinking about different ways of representing, analyzing, and visualizing digital images, and most recently in developing techniques to expose digital tampering," says Farid. "Digital forensics is a rapidly evolving field, and it's exciting to be in at the beginning."

Since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has granted almost $247 million in fellowships to more than 16,000 individuals. Past fellows include Ansel Adams, Aaron Copland, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Linus Pauling, Martha Graham, Philip Roth, Wendy Wasserstein, and Eudora Welty.

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08