Saturday, April 2, 2011

Web of War

Nature recently published an article prominently featuring national security work with which I am involved. The article, called Web of War, features my old lab LCCD's Spatial-Cultural Abductive Reasoning Engine (SCARE) as a fielded example of how the government is augmenting its data-mining approach to national security with social-computational science. SCARE uses a combination of cultural and logistical constraints alongside real-world data to accurately predict the locations of arms caches in Baghdad, Iraq. The full article can be viewed online here or in print in Nature 471, pp. 566-568.

A screenshot of the SCARE software featured in Nature. IED attacks are in red, while predicted cache locations are in yellow.


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