Min Wu’s former students received a Best Student Paper Award in the ACM Multimedia 2011 Conference

Sat Jan 07, 2012

Min Wu’s PhD students, Ravi Garg and Avinash L. Varna received a Best Student Paper Award in the ACM Multimedia 2011 Conference. Their paper "Seeing’ ENF: Natural Time Stamp for Digital Video via Optical sensing and Signal Processing" was ranked as top 3 out of 335 paper submissions. The paper examines a novel technique for forensic analysis of digital video using environment fingerprints from power lines that gets naturally embedded in video signals at the time of recordings. It's the first effort to address when a video was shot, where, and if the sound track was captured together with visual, or combined later.

Ravi Garg is pursuing a Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Media and Security Team (MAST) led by Prof. Wu. Previously, Garg received a Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award and an A. James. Clark School of Engineering Fellowship.

Avinash L. Varna was a Ph.D student at the time of the paper submission, and subsequently graduated from the ECE department in May 2011 and joined Intel. While at the University, he received several prestigious awards, including an ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, a Litton Fellowship for academic excellence, and an A. James Clark School of Engineering Fellowship and Future Faculty Fellow.