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May 22, 2002

Professor, Finnish prime minister receive honorary degrees

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Professor Edward Delp was in good company on May 17 when he received an honorary doctoral degree from the Tampere University of Technology in Finland; Paavo Lipponen, Finland's prime minister, received the same honor.

Delp, a professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, currently is a visiting professor at the Finnish university's Tampere International Center for Signal Processing.

The citation stated Delp's honorary degree was issued "in recognition of your scientific work in the field of signal and image processing and your merits in the development of multimedia systems and the secure data communications they require. You have also been engaged in long-term cooperation with our university and forwarded its activities within the international research community."

Delp is an expert in digital watermarking, or steganography, a procedure in which hidden patterns are embedded into an image or document on the World Wide Web. The patterns can then be used to verify the image as authentic, protecting intellectual property rights for those who create digital media.

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Edward Delp currently is in Finland and will return July 1. However, journalists can leave a message for him at his Purdue phone number, (765) 494-1740. He also can be reached via e-mail,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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