Preventing Forgery

A new project by CTED Co-Principal Investigator, Lakshmi Subramanian, is making headway in the fight to stop forgery in developing nations. An article in this week’s New Scientist, discusses Lakshmi’s project, PaperSpeckle, which uses an Android phone and a USB microscope, both of which are more available and affordable than other methods of paper-authentication techniques. The microscope distinguishes the patterns of light and shadow that appear on different sheets of paper and the software distinguishes between millions of pieces of paper. Lakshmi and his team will be presenting this project at the ACM Computer and Communication Security Conference this month.

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CTED, as part of the New York University Abu Dhabi Research Grant, is a multidisciplinary research lab that focuses on combining economic principles, technological advances, and human-centric design to create innovative solutions for the problems experienced in emerging regions.
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