Yanru Chen, class of 2021 a senior graduate who is double majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, minoring in Music, comes from Chongqing, China. While Yanru expressed her interest in facial recognition and image classification, she broadened her perspective and hands-on knowledge through the school fellowship project with Dr.Ed Harcourt in the summer of 2020.
Camera quality on smart phones has been improving rapidly along with facial recognition technology. Photo and video editing apps have become increasingly popular and sophisticated. As people use these apps for entertainment, this has also raised concerns about how fake but realistic looking videos may sow confusion, uncertainty, and doubt about the veracity of images. These manipulated videos and other digital representation produced by artificial intelligence are called “deepfake”. Our goal for this project is to use machine learning and deep learning to detect the manipulated facial images.