[Busec] Fwd: Amy Sliva talk on Friday

Sharon Goldberg goldbe at cs.bu.edu
Wed Dec 7 15:25:28 EST 2011

Forwarded from Steve Homer.

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From: Steve Homer <homer at cs.bu.edu>
Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 2:59 PM
Subject: Amy Sliva talk on Friday - Please forward to busec - thanks
To: Sharon Goldberg <goldbe at cs.bu.edu>

                     Friday Theory Seminar at BU

                     Computer Science Department
                            BU RISCS Center

Security Informatics: An Artificial Intelligence Approach to Security

Amy Sliva

College of Computer Science and Political Science
Northeastern University

Friday, December 9

2:00 PM in MCS 148 of 111 Cummington


The ability to model, understand, and respond to the behavior of other agents
has applications in many contexts, from gaming to financial investing. One
particularly salient domain is the field of international security and
development where artificial intelligence models can be leveraged to analyze
complex and uncertain security situations.  These behavioral models can form the
foundation for decision-support technologies to help policymakers looking for
conflict management, international development, or national security strategies.

Of course, behavioral modeling is a computationally challenging
problem; real world
datasets can contain 10^10,000 possible behaviors requiring efficient techniques
to manage the analytic complexity. In this talk, I will present an overview of
my research in this area, looking at the probabilistic logic formalisms and
scalable reasoning algorithms I have used to study the behavioral dynamics of
the Afghan drug trade and violent ethnopolitical conflict in the Middle East. I
will then discuss new results on using abductive reasoning to identify possible
counter strategies and the extension to temporal domains.

Sharon Goldberg
Computer Science, Boston University

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