EPFL develops solution to detect fake videos

Detecting fake videos

Fake videos produced to look real through the use of artificial intelligence – pose a growing challenge. That’s why an EPFL research group has been teaming up with the Swiss startup Quantum Integrity to develop a deepfake detection solution over the past two years. The team has been awarded an Innosuisse grant starting on 1 October, with deployment as early as next year.

EPFL’s Multimedia Signal Processing Group has been working with Quantum Integrity, a startup based at EPFL Innovation Park, on a deepfake detection solution for the past two years. The research team has already completed two pilot tests and recently obtained a grant from Innosuisse, Switzerland’s innovation agency, to accelerate development of a software. The project will start on 1 October. “Quantum Integrity already markets fake detection software. Our role is to make the software more powerful so that it can be used more widely,” says Touradj Ebrahimi, head of the Multimedia Signal Processing Group. His group provides expertise in multimedia signal processing, while the startup brings its many years of experience in detecting fake images. Ebrahimi is affiliated to the Center for Digital Trust (C4DT) and coordinates its “Digital Information” domain. “Detection of image and video forgery to fight against malicious manipulations is clearly one of the applications where Artificial Intelligence helps to regain trust” says Olivier Crochat, Executive Director of the C4DT.