DARPA Appoints Research Teams to Develop Manipulated Media Detection Tools Under SemaFor Program; Matt Turek quoted

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected the research teams who will work to meet the research objectives of a program to develop semantic technology platforms designed to automate the detection, characterization and attribution of media assets falsified.

Kitware, SRI International, Purdue University and the University of California, Berkeley will lead four teams of researchers to develop semantic detection, characterization and attribution algorithms under the Semantic Forensics program, DARPA announced Tuesday.

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (NYSE: LMT) will oversee a research team that will develop a SemaFor prototype and tools that can be used for automatic preservation of evidence collected by algorithms.

Accenture Federal Services, NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), Google and Carahsoft, Systems & Technology Research, and New York University will lead research teams that will work to characterize threats posed by altered media and propose challenges.

A research group led by PAR Government Systems will focus on data curation and evaluation initiatives under the SemaFor program.

“From a defense perspective, SemaFor is focused on exploiting a critical weakness in automated media generators,” said Matt Turek, DARPA program manager overseeing SemaFor. “Through this program, we aim to explore the failure modes where current media synthesis techniques fail.”

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