Wildlife Rangers Armed with AI

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In a world of environmental upheaval, wildlife poaching is a growing threat to species and ecosystems worldwide. The global illegal wildlife industry brings in 19 billion dollars a year. Rangers on the front lines often patrol vast expanses, in some cases the size of small countries, and are tasked with incredibly dangerous jobs. Cutting-edge AI could be a solution to both thwarting crime and keeping rangers safe. A number of wildlife parks around the world are now using PAWS (Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security), which uses machine learning, AI planning, and behavior modeling to predict where and when wildlife crimes will occur. Hear from the researchers that are using science to prevent crime and protect both animals and people.

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Bistra Dilkina

University of Southern Cailfornia

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Erwin Gianchandani

National Science Foundation

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Milind Tambe

Harvard University

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