Johns Hopkins-led team aims to turn computer systems into digital detectives

/ October 31, 2017/ faculty, rene vidal, research

Imagine an embassy bombing. Consider the massive amount and varied types of data that investigators need to review to determine who carried out the attack and how it was accomplished. Such a probe could involve the slow, painstaking examinations of video footage, photos, internet communications, telephone records, and other material.

An international team of scientists led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and supported by an $11-million, five-year U.S. Department of Defense grant wants to streamline such investigations by developing algorithms for extracting relevant details from multimodal data. Participating scientists from nine universities in the U.S. and the United Kingdom will convene at JHU’s Homewood campus on Wednesday for their first group meeting on the challenging project.

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