UB deepfake expert to speak at science museum

Published November 15, 2022

Editor's note: This event was postponed due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

A UB computer scientist who is one of the world’s leading experts on deepfakes will present a free demonstration on how to detect fraudulent videos at noon on Nov. 19 in the auditorium of the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

What are the red flags in media imagery? What should we look for? How can we make an informed decision about authenticity?

In his talk, Siwei Lyu, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and a co-director of the UB Center for Information Integrity (CII), will discuss these and other topics to explore how and why deepfakes generate concern not only for newsmakers, but for everyone in a world where seeing is not always believing.

Joining Lyu will be CII co-director David Castillo, professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, who will moderate the discussion. Also participating will be students from UB and Williamsville East High School that Lyu and partners are mentoring.

“Fake videos can be silly or serious, and they raise interesting legal questions, especially as the technology to create them becomes less expensive and more accessible,” says Lyu, director of UB’s Media Forensic Laboratory. “Anyone, not just politicians and celebrities, can be a target of deepfakes.

“We’ll talk about what that means for you.”