Optimal Interdiction of Urban Criminals with the Aid of Real-Time Information


  • Youzhi Zhang Nanyang Technological University
  • Qingyu Guo Nanyang Technological University
  • Bo An Nanyang Technological University
  • Long Tran-Thanh University of Southampton
  • Nicholas R. Jennings Imperial College, London




Most violent crimes happen in urban and suburban cities. With emerging tracking techniques, law enforcement officers can have real-time location information of the escaping criminals and dynamically adjust the security resource allocation to interdict them. Unfortunately, existing work on urban network security games largely ignores such information. This paper addresses this omission. First, we show that ignoring the real-time information can cause an arbitrarily large loss of efficiency. To mitigate this loss, we propose a novel NEtwork purSuiT game (NEST) model that captures the interaction between an escaping adversary and a defender with multiple resources and real-time information available. Second, solving NEST is proven to be NP-hard. Third, after transforming the non-convex program of solving NEST to a linear program, we propose our incremental strategy generation algorithm, including: (i) novel pruning techniques in our best response oracle; and (ii) novel techniques for mapping strategies between subgames and adding multiple best response strategies at one iteration to solve extremely large problems. Finally, extensive experiments show the effectiveness of our approach, which scales up to realistic problem sizes with hundreds of nodes on networks including the real network of Manhattan.




How to Cite

Zhang, Y., Guo, Q., An, B., Tran-Thanh, L., & Jennings, N. R. (2019). Optimal Interdiction of Urban Criminals with the Aid of Real-Time Information. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 33(01), 1262-1269. https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v33i01.33011262



AAAI Technical Track: Applications