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Min Wu's path to innovation

By Julia King
July 9, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - Min Wu, who grew up in Bejing, learned computer programming in the third grade. The daughter of two engineers, she recalls spending summers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, close to her fathers research laboratory.

Today Wu, 32, conducts research of her own at the University of Maryland, where she is an associate professor of computer science.

Her specialty is information security forensics. Wu and her colleagues have developed an invisible ID that can be embedded in digital content, such as films, music and pictures, to protect it from unauthorized use. A patent is pending for the technology, which Wu views as a valuable contribution to continued IT innovation.

Without a way to protect intellectual property, we will see a lot of hurdles to new technology put up, she explains. My focus is working toward further innovation of new technologies.

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