Lily Xu headshot

she/her, they/them

Lily Xu

PhD student at Harvard

I am a PhD student in computer science at Harvard University, advised by Prof. Milind Tambe. My research focuses on artificial intelligence — specifically in machine learning and game theory — applied to challenges in sustainability. I am passionate about reducing my negative impact on the environment and increasing my positive impact on society.

I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2018, where I studied computer science and Spanish.

I am happy to chat about grad school, AI for social impact, and AI for conservation. Feel free to drop me an email.

CV (pdf)



Dual-Mandate Patrols: Multi-Armed Bandits for Green Security [paper] [code]

AAAI 2021 Thirty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Lily Xu, Elizabeth Bondi, Fei Fang, Andrew Perrault, Kai Wang, Milind Tambe
Best Paper Award Runner Up

Enhancing Poaching Predictions for Under-Resourced Wildlife Conservation Parks Using Remote Sensing Imagery [paper]

NeurIPS Workshop on Machine Learning for Development (ML4D) 2020

Rachel Guo, Lily Xu, Andrew Plumptre, Drew Cronin, Francis Okeke, and Milind Tambe

A High-Performance Graph Model for Near-Optimal Payments for Ecosystem Services [paper]

Preprint, appeared at Mechanism Design for Social Good Workshop (MD4SG 2020)

Florian Berlinger*, Lily Xu*, Yiling Chen

Game Theory on the Ground: The Effect of Increased Patrols on Deterring Poachers [paper]

Preprint, appeared at Harvard CRCS AI for Social Good (AI4SG) 2020 Workshop

Lily Xu, Andrew Perrault, Andrew Plumptre, Margaret Driciru, Fred Wanyama, Aggrey Rwetsiba, Milind Tambe

Stay Ahead of Poachers: Illegal Wildlife Poaching Prediction and Patrol Planning Under Uncertainty with Field Test Evaluations [paper] [talk] [code] [poster]

ICDE 2020 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering

Lily Xu*, Shahrzad Gholami*, Sara Mc Carthy, Bistra Dilkina, Andrew Plumptre, Milind Tambe, Rohit Singh, Mustapha Nsubuga, Joshua Mabonga, Margaret Driciru, Fred Wanyama, Aggrey Rwetsiba, Tom Okello, Eric Enyel
*Equal contribution


Science and Engineering Complex, Room 2.106
150 Western Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
[first]_[last] at