How computer scientists are using AI to catch wildlife poachers

A team of computer scientists may have developed a surprising way to curb wildlife poaching. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), a team of computer scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a model for “green security games” that use game theory to protect wildlife from poachers. Game theory uses mathematical equations “to predict the behavior of adversaries and plan optimal approaches for containment,” explains NSF, which would allow park rangers to patrol parks and wildlife sanctuaries more effectively.“In most parks, ranger patrols are poorly planned, reactive rather than pro-active and habitual,” Fei Fang, a Ph.D. candidate in the computer science department at USC and a researcher involved with the project, tells NSF. “We need to provide actual patrol routes that can be practically followed.”Ms. Fang, along…


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