Hany Farid Honored by the National Academy of Inventors

Farid’s research focuses on digital forensics, image analysis, and human perception.

Hany Farid, the Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

NAI fellow status is granted to academic inventors “who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.” NAI President Paul Sanberg wrote to Farid, “Congratulations on this great achievement and recognition as a truly prolific academic inventor.”

“I am thrilled to see the institute honor Hany,” says Martin Wybourne, senior vice provost for research and the Francis and the Mildred Sears Professor of Physics. “I remember sitting in his office many years ago talking about the fundamental ideas behind his work in digital forensics. It has been amazing to see how he has developed his ideas, which now have a major impact on society.”

Farid is being recognized for his research in image analysis and digital forensics, a field he pioneered at Dartmouth. He has developed mathematical and computational techniques to determine whether images, videos, or audio recordings have been altered. A noteworthy application was Farid’s forensic analysis that demonstrated the authenticity of the controversial photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald holding the alleged assassination rifle. Farid also helped develop a system to find and remove online images pertaining to child exploitation, and is developing a new system to scrub the Internet of extremist-related content.

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VIDEO: In June 2018, Farid presented at "It's Complicated", a TEDx Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire.