Patented Method for Detecting Digital Image Tampering

Qingzhong Liu, Sam Houston State University

Qingzhong Liu, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, focuses on a subfield of Computer Science called multimedia forensics, the study of image and audio forgery, pattern recognition and steganalysis (the detection of messages concealed within digital files). Liu’s research has resulted in funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and SHSU. Liu received a 2014 grant from the NSF to conduct four years of research on the development complex intelligence systems for forgery detection. As a result of this grant, Liu produced at least 10 articles and a patent for a method of detecting digital image tampering, demonstrating his impact on the field of digital forensics. Liu’s other research interests include information assurance, which protects the integrity, authenticity and confidentiality of user data, and bioinformatics, technology used to analyze biological data.

In 2017, Liu became the only Computer Science faculty member to date to win SHSU’s Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments Award.

Innovative Integration of Biology, Computer Science

Madhusudan Choudhary, Hyuk Cho, Sam Houston State University

What do Genome Science and Computational Biology have in common? Madhusudan Choudhary, professor of biological sciences, and Hyuk Cho, associate professor of computer science, will merge the two disciplines to see what innovative interdisciplinary research they can inspire in their students.

Choudhary, who is also the director for the SHSU Center for Enhancing Undergraduate Research Experiences and Creative Activities (EURECA), will contribute his expertise in the biological sciences and genomes, while Cho brings experience in data mining and computer science.

They developed a program that will engage ten under-represented students for ten weeks each summer from 2021-2023, with each mentored by a trained researcher.

The project was funded by the National Science Foundation in 2020. Students will attend seminars, workshops and lectures; visit research laboratories, genome sequencing centers and supercomputer facilities; conduct research using computational processes to analyze biological data; and present at conferences. They will learn scientific processes and skills for careers in genomics and bioinformatics.

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