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The Providence Business News recently featured a piece on Michael Black’s work on advanced forensic video analysis. Last year, Michael contacted Rhode Island State Police Lt. Dennis Pincince, who leads the Criminal Investigations Unit, about working together. The pair received a collaborative research grant from the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council which paid for department researcher Alex Weiss and another student to work full time on advanced video forensics at state police headquarters in Scituate last summer. Pincince said the collaboration was “particularly valuable because law enforcement officials have been using surveillance video more since the Sept. 11 attacks. Although image-enhancement products are available commercially, the price is often prohibitive for police departments.” Plus, he said, “the stuff they’re working on at Brown is by far the best stuff I’ve seen out there.”