The University of Kentucky Center for Visualization & Virtual Environments

Vis Center Faculty Promoted

Congratulations to Vis Center Faculty member, Dr. Sen-ching (Samson) Cheung on promotion to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He and his research group work on visual privacy protection, secure computation, multimedia content management and networking.

Dr. Cheung’s current research focuses on ways to protect the privacy of innocent passers-by and authorized people in surveillance video by accurately identifying their presence and completely erasing their images. Using a novel high-capacity steganographic scheme, privacy information is hidden in the modified video and can be retrieved with proper authorization. As the cyber world becomes more and more integrated with day-to-day life, Dr. Cheung’s research provides the necessary safeguards without compromising the benefits brought forth by the new technologies.


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Vis Center Reveals New Videos

The Vis Center Media Department recently revealed new videos at the “See What’s Now” Media Showcase. Included in the showing was a newly completed documentary on the University of Kentucky’s Solar Decathlon team’s trip to Washington D.C. and as well as a documentary examining research on how smoke free cities impact health.

In October UK’s blue team joined 19 other schools from across North America and Europe for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon competition at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The 20 teams chosen to compete were asked to create and send an 800-square-foot or less solar-powered house, built by students on their home campus, to the National Mall. Each team’s house was evaluated in the competition, running Oct. 9-18, in 10 specific areas. We are proud our UK team came in 9th in the overall competition.

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Also shown was a short documentary on research regarding the smoking ban passed in Lexington in 2005. Ellen Hahn, professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky, and her team are conducting tobacco policy research into how smoke free cities impact health. Hahn’s efforts resulted in the passage of a smoke-free ordinance in all public buildings within Lexington, Kentucky, one of the first cities to do so.

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