EI2019 Short Course Description

NEW SC12: Digital Image Forensics
Sunday 13 January • 1:30 – 5:45 pm
Course Length: 4 hours
Course Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Hany Farid,  Dartmouth College
Fee*: Member: $290 / Non-member: $315 / Student: $95 
*after December 18, 2018, members / non-members prices increase by $50, student price increases by $20 

More information on the course can also be found at https://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/farid/ist19/

Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Mussolini, and many others had photographs manipulated in an attempt to rewrite history. These men understood the power of photography and that if they changed photographs they could change history. Cumbersome and time-consuming darkroom techniques were required to alter the historical record on behalf of Stalin and others. Today, powerful and low-cost digital technology has made it far easier for nearly anyone to alter digital images. And the resulting fakes are often very difficult to detect. This photographic fakery is having a significant impact in many different areas of society. Doctored photographs are appearing in tabloid and fashion magazines, government media, main-stream media, social media, fake-news, political ad campaigns, and scientific journals. The technology that can distort and manipulate digital media is developing at break-neck speeds, and it is imperative that the technology that can detect such alterations develop just as quickly. The field of photo forensics has emerged to restore some trust to photography. This short course will provide a hands-on overview of this field.

At their foundation, photo forensic techniques rely on understanding and modeling the imaging pipeline, from the interaction of light with the physical 3-D world, the refraction of light as it passes through the camera lenses, the transformation of light to electrical signals in the camera sensor, and, finally, the conversion of electrical signals into a digital image file. We will learn the underlying theory and practical implementation details of forensic techniques from each step of this imaging pipeline.

Learning Outcomes
  • Review the historical and societal context for imaging forensics.
  • Understand the underlying theory and practical implementation details of forensic techniques.
  • Understand how to model the imaging pipeline.
  • Analyze each step of a model imaging pipeline in relation to forensic techniques.
Intended Audience 
Scientists, engineers, technicians, or managers who wish to learn more about digital image forensics and related processing techniques. Familiarity with imaging pipeline concepts will be helpful.

Prof. Hany Farid is the Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth. Farid’s research focuses on digital forensics, image analysis, and human perception. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science and applied mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1989 and his PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Following a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, Farid joined the faculty at Dartmouth in 1999. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors. Prof. Farid is also the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Fourandsix Technologies and a Senior Adviser to the Counter Extremism Project.

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Important Dates
Call for Papers Announced 1 Mar 2018
Journal-first Submissions Due 30 Jun 2018
Abstract Submission Site Opens 1 May 2018
Review Abstracts Due (refer to For Authors page
 · Early Decision Ends 30 Jun 2018
· Regular Submission Ends 8 Sept 2018
· Extended Submission Ends 25 Sept 2018
 Final Manuscript Deadlines  
 · Fast Track Manuscripts Due 14 Nov 2018 
 · Final Manuscripts Due 1 Feb 2019 
Registration Opens 23 Oct 2018
Early Registration Ends 18 Dec 2018
Hotel Reservation Deadline 3 Jan 2019
Conference Begins 13 Jan 2019