Artificial intelligence could turn poachers into prey

Animals in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park are often at risk of poaching. (Photo/Milind Tambe) Poachers hunt tigers with traps and guns. In the near future, wildlife rangers might up their game by hunting poachers with artificial intelligence. That high-tech tool is in development thanks to USC computer scientist Milind Tambe, the Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Since 2013, he’s been working with international agencies to test software he hopes will one day predict where poachers are likely to strike within wildlife parks. The Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security (PAWS) software helps rangers randomize their patrols, learning from new data on poacher sightings and animal-roaming behavior. That idea is just one of many to be discussed today in Washington…


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