DeepEyes: Visual Computing Solutions and Machine Intelligence for Computer Forensics and Electronic Surveillance


Criminal activities vary in scope and complexity but exist in all sectors of society. With technological development, crimes have become more sophisticated, migrating from the physical world and reaching the virtual world as well. Faced with the many forms that illegal activities can take, the approach for modern society lies in investing in improved and scientifically grounded investigative techniques. With demands so sophisticated and increasingly complex, there is an obligation to strengthen more and more the foundations on which Forensic Science develops. More than ever, we need objective and scientifically based criteria to identify characteristics at crime and accident sites, or even to prevent the occurrence of crimes, taking effective preventive actions of electronic surveillance. We need innovative approaches that are consistent with the current challenges to help us solve the three basic questions about an illegal activity or a large-scale accident: Who?, Under what circumstances?, and Why? Faced with so many challenges, this project aimed at the development of algorithmic solutions of visual computation and machine intelligence for problems related to computer forensics, digital security and electronic surveillance. The problems of interest are: (P1) detection of falsifications in digital images and videos; (P2) allocation of data capture sources, such as cameras, scanners, printers; (P3) detection of clandestine plantations of e.g., Cannabis sativa from remote sensing images; (P4) development of human identification techniques from faces; (P5) recognition of vehicle license plates from digital videos; and (P6) analysis of activities in digital videos. The research will be carried out jointly with several partners in universities in Brazil and the world, and with the Federal Police of Brazil more specifically with the Service of Expertise in Audiovisual and Electronic (SEPAEL) of the National Institute of Criminalistics (INC).


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