Purdue professor helps military detect doctored pictures, videos

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Edward Delp, a Purdue Charles William Harrison Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is leading a project to help the military detect doctored pictures and video.

Delp said it’s easy to manipulate images.

“People have been faking images for at least, probably, 120 years. OK, but now, it’s easier to do,” Delp said. “You can do it. You can download tools and do it very easily.”

The media forensics project is funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. For the next four years, with a $4.4 million grant, the team will create tools to detect alterations.

“If it’s really a video that’s important, maybe it’s a video that’s reporting some sort of event that’s important to the world or something like that,” said Delp. “It would be nice if you could tell whether or not that video was correct, was authentic, hadn’t been tampered with.”

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