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Geospatial Abduction with Adaptive Adversaries

  • Paulo Shakarian
  • V. S. Subrahmanian
  • John P. Dickerson
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Abstract

In this chapter, we focus on the problem of geospatial abduction in the presence of an adversary who understands how we are reasoning about his behavior. For instance, consider an insurgent group carrying out Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks on US soldiers. Such an adversary may wish to carry out its attacks and select its cache locations (to support those attacks) in a way that it believes will most likely evade detection. How can an agent (e.g., US forces) anticipate this kind of reasoning by the adversary and find optimal locations to search for weapons caches? In this chapter, we develop a framework to express both the adversary’s problem and the agent’s problem via the paradigm of Stackelberg games. We formally specify the Optimal Adversary Strategy (OAS) problem, allowing the adversary to find a set of cache locations to minimize (what it believes) to be the probability of being discovered.We describe results on the computational complexity of OAS and algorithms to efficiently compute OAS. As the situation is modeled as a Stackelberg game, the agent (e.g., US forces) takes the final action (e.g., search for the IED caches). The agent can decide where to search after considering the space of options that the adversary has and after considering how the adversary might act in order to evade detection. We formalize this as the Maximal Counter- Adversary (MCA) strategy.We describe results on the computational complexity of MCA, as well as algorithms to efficiently compute MCA. These include algorithms that provide guaranteed polynomial approximations to MCA. We describe experimental results about the running time, accuracy, and quality of solutions found by the algorithms to compute OAS and MCA.

Keywords

Reward Function Cutoff Distance Incremental Increase Stackelberg Game Cache Location 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulo Shakarian
    • 1
  • V. S. Subrahmanian
    • 2
  • John P. Dickerson
  1. 1.Kings Valley DriveBowieUSA
  2. 2.University of Maryland - College ParkPotomacUSA

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