Interview with Benjamin Fung, Associate Professor, McGill University

Your research focuses on designing intelligent systems for the purpose of crime investigation. How did you become interested in these topics?

After joining the Computer Security team at Concordia in 2007, I had a lot of opportunities to interact with different law enforcement units in Canada. In the meetings, I found that there is a big gap between the state-of-the-art data mining methods in the literature and the current software tools used by law enforcement officers. A lot of important evidence can be collected from the suspects’ digital devices, from laptops to smart phones. The challenge is how to efficiently retrieve the relevant information from such a large volume of (unstructured) textual data…

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