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Lily Xu

PhD student at Harvard

I am a second-year PhD student studying computer science at Harvard University, advised by Prof. Milind Tambe. I seek to apply research in artificial intelligence — specifically in online learning and game theory — 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)



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


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] [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


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