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Brian Solomon’s Guide To the Stars: Computer Science Professor Hany Farid
Dartmouth has a wealth of experienced professors who lead their respective research fields, while also working closely with students — inspiring them in the classroom and leading them in laboratory environments. And while at Dartblog we talk frequently about problems that need to be fixed at the College, there are still many bright spots. Our professors deserve more recognition for their achievements. As such, this is one of a series of posts that shines a spotlight on the best professors in Hanover:
Hany Farid is a professor of computer science at Dartmouth and he currently serves as chair of that department. His research concerns digital forensics, which is a highly mathematical way of analyzing images that is part CSI and part Photoshop snooper.
Farid grew up in Rochester, NY and earned his undergraduate degree in computer science and applied mathematics from the University of Rochester. He went on to get his M.S. from SUNY Albany and his Ph.D. from Penn (read his dissertation here). After a postdoctoral fellowship in brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, Farid came to Dartmouth in 1999. He also served as the Director of the College’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science from 2008 to 2011.
Farid teaches both CS 1, an introduction to computing; and CS 70, an advanced course on the “Numerical and Computation Tools for Applied Science.” Also, for the first time this year, he is teaching a “Fundamentals of Web Programming” course as an adjunct at Tuck.
But Farid stand out because of his research and its immediate utility in the real world. The titles of his publications tell the tale, including, How to tell the real from the fake, Seeing Is Not Believing and Can we trust photographs? The art of faking has been around for as long as photography, as he details here.
To fight back against the fakers, Farid has developed tools that analyze lighting, shadows, and 3-D perspective to show whether photos have been manipulated or are true to the eye. Perhaps most famously, Farid proved that a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald, long thought by conspiracy theorists to be fabricated, was not altered at all. He explained his work in the following Dartmouth TEDx talk from 2011:
Farid’s work has been featured in such places as The New York Times, PBS’ NOVA (around the 30 minute mark), and NPR. He has more than 10,000 individual citations and an H-Index of 48, according to Google Scholar. Plus, he’s listed as the inventor on seven patents, and he has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Sloan Foundation.
Not to be walled off in academia, Farid also started his own company, FourandSix Technologies, with a former Adobe executive. In 2014 they launched Izitru (“Is it true?”), a service that lets anyone upload a photo, subject it to forensic tests, and produce a trust rating that proves or disproves its authenticity. In addition, he has consulted for law enforcement bodies in many cases, including one in Scotland using “camera forensic and ballistic technologies to help convict a group of men who were abusing young children and distributing photos of the abuse.”
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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