Computational Mathematics and Scientific Computing Seminar

Control-theoretic models of environmental crime

Speaker: Alexander B. Vladimirsky, Cornell

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: Oct. 11, 2019, 10 a.m.


We present two control-theoretic models of authorities combating wildlife poaching or illegal logging.  Our focus is on path-planning by the perpetrators who have to balance the time and hardship of travel against the probability of detection.  In addition to terrain, resource distribution, and patrol densities, we show that the perpetrators' logic is also significantly affected by a possible delay between the detection & confiscation of extracted resources.  Joint work with Elliot Cartee.