Coming Home: This West Point grad is using AI and Big Data for national security

As a computer science professor at Arizona State University, Paulo Shakarian applies artificial intelligence methods to pressing national security problems, using programs that try to map out what groups like ISIS will do next. This work isn’t abstract or theoretical for him. As a West Point graduate and then an army intelligence officer during some of the most difficult years of the Iraq war, Shakarian got a ground-level view of the same kinds of groups whose behaviour his work now helps predict. “Growing up in the 80s and 90s in the US, war always seemed like a remote possibility,” Shakarian told Business Insider. But the September 11th attacks took place during Shakarian’s senior year at West Point. The next generation of US military leaders realised that their futures had changed…


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