Talks: LIRMM and WIFS 2017, France

Prof. Anderson Rocha is visiting the Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics and Microelectronics (LIRMM), Montpellier, France, hosted by Prof. William Puech. Two talks were/will be given:

Talk #1: Dec. 12th, 2017

Interpretation of Events from Heterogenous Data: How to Connect Existing Pieces of Evidence in Time and Space

Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss problems associated with synchronizing specific events in space and time (X-coherence), fact-checking, and mining persons, objects and contents of interest from various and heterogeneous sources including — but not limited to — the internet, social media and surveillance imagery. For that, we seek to harness information from various media sources and synchronize the multiple textual and visual information pieces around the position of an event or object as well as order them so as to allow a better understanding about what happened before, during, and shortly after the event. After automatically organizing the data and understanding the order of the facts, we can devise and deploy solutions for mining persons or objects of interest for suspect analysis/tracking, fact-checking, or even understanding the nature of the said event. Additionally, by exploring the possible existing links among different pieces of information, we aim at further designing and developing media integrity analytics tools to hint at existing forgeries, sensitive content (e.g., violent content, child pornography), and spreading patterns of multimedia objects online. With demanding and sophisticated crimes and terrorist threats becoming ever more pervasive, allied with the advent and spread of fake news, our objective is to use the developed solutions to help us answering the four most important questions in forensics regarding an event: “who,” “in what circumstances,” “why,” and “how,” thus identifying the characteristics and circumstances in which an event has taken place.

Talk #2: Dec. 19th, 2017

Media Integrity Analytics: Beyond Digital Forensics of Single Objects

Abstract: Currently, multimedia objects can be easily created, stored, (re)-transmitted, and edited for good or bad. In this sense, there has been an increasing interest in finding the structure of temporal evolution within a set of documents and how documents are related to one another overtime. This process, also known in the literature as Multimedia Phylogeny, aims at finding the phylogeny tree(s) that best explains the creation process of a set of related documents (e.g., images/videos) and their ancestry relationships. Solutions to this problem have direct applications in forensics, security, copyright enforcement, news tracking services and other areas. In this talk, we explore solutions for reconstructing the evolutionary tree(s) associated with a set of visual documents, more specifically images and videos. This can be useful for aiding experts to track the source of child pornography image broadcasting or the chain of image and video distribution in time, being extremely useful for complex different media provenance tasks. Finally, we will also discuss how to implement such solutions in large-scale considering millions of documents at the same time.

In Rennes, on Dec. 6th, Prof. Anderson gave a talk at IEEE Intl. Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS 2017) in which he presented the paper:

Authorship Attribution for Social Media Forensics, A. Rocha, W. J. Scheirer, C. W. Forstall, T. Cavalcante, A. Theophilo, B. Shen, A. R. B. Carvalho, and E. Stamatatos, in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 5-33, Jan. 2017.

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