Best Paper Award for Mathias Ibsen at IWBF 2024

Mathias Ibsen received the best paper award for the contribution of „Multi-Channel Cross Modal Detection of Synthetic Face Images “ at the 12th International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics (IWBF 2024), which took place in Enschede, The Netherlands.

Synthetically generated face images have shown to be indistinguishable from real images by humans and as such can lead to a lack of trust in digital content as they can, for instance, be used to spread misinformation. Therefore, the need to develop algorithms for detecting entirely synthetic face images is apparent. Of interest are images generated by state-of-the- art deep learning-based models, as these exhibit a high level of visual realism. Recent works have demonstrated that detecting such synthetic face images under realistic circumstances remains difficult as new and improved generative models are proposed with rapid speed and arbitrary image post-processing can be applied. In this work, we propose a multi-channel architecture for detecting entirely synthetic face images which analyses information both in the frequency and visible spectra using Cross Modal Focal Loss. We compare the proposed architecture with several related architectures trained using Binary Cross Entropy and show in cross-model experiments that the proposed architecture supervised using Cross Modal Focal Loss, in general, achieves most competitive performance.