The first quantitative study of Boko Haram
The first book to provide a machine learning predictive model of attacks by Boko Haram
The first book that validates a counter-terrorism predictive model with over a year of real world predictions
The first book that provides a data-driven, artificial intelligence based set of policy options against Boko Haram
Part of the book series: Terrorism, Security, and Computation (TESECO)
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This is the first study of Boko Haram that brings advanced data-driven, machine learning models to both learn models capable of predicting a wide range of attacks carried out by Boko Haram, as well as develop data-driven policies to shape Boko Haram’s behavior and reduce attacks by them. This book also identifies conditions that predict sexual violence, suicide bombings and attempted bombings, abduction, arson, looting, and targeting of government officials and security installations.
After reducing Boko Haram’s history to a spreadsheet containing monthly information about different types of attacks and different circumstances prevailing over a 9 year period, this book introduces Temporal Probabilistic (TP) rules that can be automatically learned from data and are easy to explain to policy makers and security experts. This book additionally reports on over 1 year of forecasts made using the model in order to validate predictive accuracy. It also introduces a policy computation method to rein in Boko Haram’s attacks.
Applied machine learning researchers, machine learning experts and predictive modeling experts agree that this book is a valuable learning asset. Counter-terrorism experts, national and international security experts, public policy experts and Africa experts will also agree this book is a valuable learning tool.
- Boko Haram
- Machine Learning
- artificial intelligence
- Predictive Models
- national security
- Public Policy
- Data Science
- Behavioral Analytics
- Computational Intelligence
- Probabilistic Models
Authors and Affiliations
Department of Computer Science, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA
V. S. Subrahmanian, Chiara Pulice, James F. Brown
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA
About the authors
V.S. Subrahmanian is the Dartmouth College Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society and Director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society at Dartmouth. He previously served as a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland from 1989-2017 where he created and headed both the Lab for Computational Cultural Dynamics and the Center for Digital International Government. He also served for 6+ years as Director of the University of Maryland's Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Prof. Subrahmanian is an expert on big data analytics including methods to analyze text/geospatial/relational/social network data, learn behavioral models from the data, forecast actions, and influence behaviors with applications to cybersecurity and counter-terrorism. He has written five books, edited ten, and published over 300 refereed articles. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and received numerous other honors and awards. His work has been featured in numerous outlets such as the Baltimore Sun, the Economist, Science, Nature, the Washington Post, American Public Media. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including Science, the Board of Directors of SentiMetrix, Inc., and on the Research Advisory Board of Tata Consultancy Services. He previously served on t he Board of Directors of the Development Gateway Foundation (set up by the World Bank), DARPA's Executive Advisory Council on Advanced Logistics and as an ad-hoc member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board.
Chiara Pulice worked on this project during her stint as a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She received her PhD degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy, in 2015. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Computer Science of the University of British Columbia (2013-2014), and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (2016-2017). Her research interests include data integration, inconsistent databases, data mining, machine learning and social network analysis.
James F. Brown is an alumnus of Dartmouth’s Computer Science Department. He graduated with a master’s in computer science in 2020. In 2018, he got his bachelor’s in computer science from Southern Connecticut State University. At Dartmouth, James worked under V.S. Subrahmanian to develop machine learning models that can predict acts of terror. After graduating from Dartmouth, James went on to work in the private sector in New York City.
Jacob Bonen-Clark is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Jacob received undergraduate degrees in Economics and Peace, War, and Defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked in finance and accounting at a midstream oil and natural gas company in Denver, Colorado from 2017-2020. Jacob will focus his studies at the Kennedy School on electoral politics and climate change.
Book Title: A Machine Learning Based Model of Boko Haram
Authors: V. S. Subrahmanian, Chiara Pulice, James F. Brown, Jacob Bonen-Clark
Series Title: Terrorism, Security, and Computation
Publisher: Springer Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-60613-8Published: 12 December 2020
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-60616-9Published: 13 December 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-60614-5Published: 11 December 2020
Series ISSN: 2197-8778
Series E-ISSN: 2197-8786
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XII, 135
Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour