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Photography and the History of the Manipulated Image

Novelty postcard, “How We Do Things At Oshawa, Ont.”,c. 1920s

Guest Lecture with Deepa Kundur, Ph.D., P.Eng. Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

November 17, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us for a lecture about the history of manipulated images, and digital forensics. Presented in partnership with the Oshawa Historical Society.

“Seeing is believing” and “a picture is worth a thousand words” are common idioms that have shaped and influenced the way in which we have interpreted, weighed and valued photographs in society. But what if these photographs are not what they seem? In this talk we will begin with a historical account of doctored photographs leading to modern digital techniques for image modification.

We will discuss the emerging field of digital forensics and its technological use in applications beyond classical image modification.

* Please note – this event is held off-site at the McLaughlin Library Branch

Deepa Kundur is a Professor and Director for the Centre for Power & Information in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. She also currently serves as Associate Chair in the Division of Engineering Science. A native of Toronto, Canada she received the B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees all in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1993, 1995, and 1999, respectively, from the University of Toronto, Canada. From January 2003 to December 2012 she was a faculty member in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Professor Kundur’s research interests include digital media processing, information forensics, smart grid and cyber security. She is a recognized authority in these fields and has appeared as an expert in popular television, radio and print media. Professor Kundur has also participated on several editorial boards and currently is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. She serves as General Chair for the IEEE GlobalSIP’15 Symposium on Signal and Information Processing for Optimizing Future Energy Systems, General Chair for the 2015 International Conference on Smart Grids for Smart Cities and General Chair for the 2015 Smart Grid Resilience (SGR) Workshop at IEEE GLOBECOM 2015. Professor Kundur’s research has received best paper/poster recognitions at numerous venues and she has been the recipient of teaching awards at both the University of Toronto and Texas A&M University. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.