Walter Scheirer

Computer Science and Engineering


Assistant Professor

  • Image forensics
  • Computer vision
  • Machine learning
  • Biometrics


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Yes, people lie online. But it may matter less than we fear.

 In “A History of Fake Things on the Internet,” computer scientist Walter J. Scheirer proposes that much of what has been disparaged as “misinformation” is best considered under a different rubric: that of art.

What the Doomsayers Get Wrong About Deepfakes

The computer scientist Walter J. Scheirer has worked in media forensics for years. He understands more than most how these new technologies could set off a society-wide epistemic meltdown, yet he sees no signs that they are doing so. Doctored videos online delight, taunt, jolt, menace, arouse, and amuse, but they rarely deceive. As Scheirer argues in his new book, “A History of Fake Things on the Internet” (Stanford), the situation just isn’t as bad as it looks.


Limits to growth: Can AI’s voracious appetite for data be tamed?

"It seems to me that the big internet companies are very reluctant to even talk about this because it threatens their core business," said Walter Scheirer, a computer scientist at the University of Notre Dame.