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Raymond Fu

Northeastern professor Raymond Fu designs algorithms capable of rapidly analyzing photos and videos on Facebook.

Credit: Brooks Canaday

Northeastern University professor Raymond Fu recently received funding from the U.S. Intelligence Community and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to develop algorithms capable of rapidly analyzing content on social-networking and video-sharing Web sites.

"My goal is to bring the cur­rent social-networking system to the next level," Fu says. One algorithm will be able to predict the demographics, behavioral tendencies, and relationships between people who appear in photos and videos on Facebook or YouTube. The other algorithm will be able to pinpoint their geographic location. "Our goal is to develop an auto­matic method that could process this data very fast," Fu says.

He says both projects follow the university's focus on conducting use-inspired research that solves global challenges in cybersecurity. "This research con­siders secu­rity issues such as data communication, sharing, and pri­vacy in cyber­phys­ical networks," Fu says.

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