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 machine learning, game theory, and discrete optimization — to issues 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.

CV (pdf)


  • June 2019: Presented A.I. is for Animals at the Science and Storytime event at the World Science Festival in New York.
  • May 2019: Presented workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Conservation at the LAUSD African American Family Day.
  • February 2019: Traveled to Cambodia to meet with our collaborators at WWF Cambodia and the park rangers in Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • December 2018: Volunteered with Hustle N' Code, a hackathon for LA students living in public housing developments. My team, Brian's Stocks, got first place, and the four students each won a laptop.
  • November 2018: Presented talk Computer Science for Conservation at the College and Career Day at Zoo Magnet High School.


[preprint] Stay Ahead of Poachers: Illegal Wildlife Poaching Prediction and Patrol Planning Under Uncertainty with Field Test Evaluations [arXiv]

Shahrzad Gholami*, Lily Xu*, 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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