Milind Tambe, Professor of Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been selected as an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow for his contributions to theory and practice of multiagent systems, teamwork, and security games. Tambe was previously awarded the ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award in 2005.
“We recognize these scientists and engineers, creators and builders, theorists and practitioners who are making a difference in our lives,” said ACM President Vinton G. Cerf. “They’re enabling us to listen, learn, calculate, and communicate in...
At L.A.’s prominent research universities, scientists are finding new ways of diagnosing and treating illnesses, keeping society safer and turning algae into oil. And when the experiments bear fruit, they spin off companies.
This special section presents noteworthy examples of companies that spun off from university labs. Among them is L-Nutra, which grew out of research at USC. The company’s medicinal foods could one day be used to slow the effects of aging and treat cancer. As noted below, UCLA and Caltech have also produced remarkable new technologies.
The Coast Guard set standards for streamlining information and data transfer between state, federal and local partners, Adm. Mark Butt of the Coast Guard said at a committee hearing on improving the use and integration of maritime defense-awareness data in maritime transportation.
The new standard is Ozone Widget Framework, an open-source Web application. In the future, DHS could require Coast Guard partners receiving federal money to comply with the Ozone Widget Architecture, Butt confirmed at the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittee hearing.
he military is working with local law enforcement to develop software that will help track gang networks.
Software now known as the Organizational, Relationship and Contact Analyzer (ORCA) was initially developed and used in military operations to identify networks of insurgents, and is now being used domestically. The military will use the domestic tests as a way to hone the software for future wartime applications, while in the meantime providing police gang units with a valuable free tool that could eventually see a more widespread deployment.
CREATE researcher, Milind Tambe, visited the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area where he delivered a presentation about ARMOR-PROTECT and the application of Game Theory to Security Operations to a national audience.
During his visit, Milind was presented with the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation by Captain Keith Smith, the Chief of Staff of Coast Guard Atlantic Area. The award was bestowed upon Milind Tambe, his team of students - Eric Shieh, Rong Yang and Fei Fang, postdcotoral researcher Albert Jiang, Isaac Maya and Steve Hora of CREATE, and the very large US Coast...
Listen up, kids: Here’s a math problem to solve. You have 100 airline flights that terrorists might attack. You have 10 air marshals to guard them, which means 17 trillion combinations. Now, determine the optimum schedule to guard the most vulnerable flights. At the same time, randomize the schedule such that patrols don’t become so predictable that terrorists can exploit the routine.
John Pistole, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), often refers to random patrols or inspections as a key element of his agency's security strategy at US airports.
As recently as March 14, 2013, Pistole told the House Committee on Homeland Security that "TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport" to make it difficult for terrorists to observe patterns in security measures and thereby evade them.
However, there is another key motivator for randomizing security measures -- limited resources...