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Hany Farid Appointed Director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science

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Computer science professor is digital forensics expert

Lindsay Whaley, associate dean of the faculty for international and interdisciplinary programs, recently announced that Hany Farid, the David T. McLaughlin Professor of Computer Science, has been named director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science. Farid brings 15 years of experience in cutting across disciplinary lines to engage in collaborative inquiry on topics including computer science, digital forensics, and human perception. He is leading cutting-edge research efforts in emerging fields of study, and his impact is keenly felt in Hanover and nationally.

hany faridHany Farid (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

The Neukom Institute was established in 2004 through a $22 million gift from William H. Neukom ’64, former chair of the Board of Trustees. The institute serves to strengthen the College’s legacy of leadership in computing application and theory.

“The Neukom Institute is highly interdisciplinary, connecting research projects, faculty, and students in new ways to stimulate innovation and strengthen synergistic scholarship and learning,” says Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Carol Folt, also the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences. “I know that Hany’s energy and enthusiasm for these endeavors will serve the institute well and I look forward to watching these programs flourish under his leadership.”

Farid also directs Dartmouth’s Image Science Group. His scholarship is innovative and bold, ranging from working with the federal law enforcement agencies on digital forensics to the digital reconstruction of Ancient Egyptian tombs. Interdisciplinary in nature, his research with digital media stands at the crossroads of computer science, engineering, mathematics, optics, and psychology. At Dartmouth since 1999, Farid is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, a Sloan Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, mentored countless undergraduate and graduate students, and has long been committed to communicating science to the general public through his writing and public speaking.

“Technology is changing our world, and we seek to be at the forefront of this trend, helping researchers to advance their respective fields, and educating and training students to be technologically fluent,” says Farid. “Advances in mathematics, computing, and technology are impacting nearly every field of study, from neuroscientists studying the mysteries of the human brain, to astronomers unraveling the origins of the Universe, to artists working at the intersection of technology and art, to economists building models of market trends.”

The mission of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science is four-fold: to strengthen and broaden interdisciplinary and collaborative research between computer science and other disciplines; to leverage cutting-edge research to develop new ways to study, interpret, and apply complex information; to educate, through research, future generations of interdisciplinary researchers; to provide leadership and inspiration in the development of new curricular, mentoring, and collaborative learning opportunities.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08